This book provides the practicing engineer with a summary of the state-of-the-art knowledge of expansive soils. Part 1 describes the properties of expansive soils, their origins, the damage that may be caused by them, and the methods by which thay can be recognised. The mechanics of swelling and shrinkage are discussed in greater detail, as are methods of field and laboratory investigation. The various techniques employed to found structures on expansive soils such as drilled pier foundation, mat foundation, moisture control, soil replacement and chemical stabilization are also discussed. Part two presents typical case studies of distress to buildings caused by either heave or rising water tables. The remedial measures taken to alleviate this distress, and the degree of success of such measures are also presented and discussed. (TRRL)

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    Sara Burgerhartstraat 25
    1055 KV Amsterdam,   Netherlands 
  • Authors:
    • Chen, F H
  • Publication Date: 1988

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  • Accession Number: 00493458
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-444-43036-9
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1990 12:00AM