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Handbook of Tropical Residual Soils Engineering

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction
1.1 Aim and scope
1.2 Soils
1.3 Residual soils
1.4 Geographical occurrence of residual soils
1.5 Climate, classification systems and regions
1.6 Distribution of tropical residual soils
1.7 Engineering peculiarities of tropical residual soils

2 Formation and classification of tropical residual soils
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Residual soils
2.2.1 Origin and general features of residual soils
2.2.2 Formation of residual soils
2.3 Formation of tropical residual soils
2.4 Characteristics of tropical residual soils
2.4.1 Development of a weathered profile
2.4.2 Chemical alteration and composition of the weathered profile
2.5 Pedogenetic classification of tropical residual soils
2.6 Definition and classification of tropical residual soils in civil engineering practice
2.6.1 Definitions of residual soils
2.6.2 Pertinent aspects of classifications of tropical residual soils for engineering practice
2.7 Examples of residual soils over different rock types
2.7.1 Profiles over igneous rocks
2.7.2 Profiles over sedimentary rocks
2.7.3 Profiles over metamorphic rocks
2.8 Conclusions

3 Sampling and testing of tropical residual soils
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Sampling
3.3 Laboratory testing
3.4 In-situ tests
3.5 Summary and conclusions

4 The behaviour of unsaturated soil
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Suction
4.2.1 Components of suction
4.2.2 Axis translation
4.2.3 The suction scale
4.2.4 Limiting suctions
4.2.5 Suction measurement
4.3 Water retention behaviour
4.4 Shear behaviour
4.4.1 Stress state variables
4.4.2 The extended Mohr-Coulomb failure criteria
4.5 Volume change
4.5.1 Shrinkage
4.5.2 Swelling
4.5.3 Combining changes in volume and water content
4.5.4 Collapse
4.6 Permeability
4.6.1 Water permeability (hydraulic conductivity)
4.6.2 Air permeability (air conductivity)

5 Volume change of tropical residual soils
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Swelling and shrinkage
5.3 Collapsible residual soils

6 Shear strength model for tropical residual soil
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Development of soil shear strength models
6.3 Laboratory measurement of shear strength using triaxial apparatus
6.4 Conclusions

7 Slopes
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Geological factors of slope behaviour
7.3 Geology and mode of slope failure
7.4 Landslide classification
7.5 Landslide triggering mechanisms
7.6 Stability analyses
7.7 Remedial measures for soil and rock slopes

8 Foundations: Shallow and deep foundations, unsaturated conditions, heave and collapse, monitoring and proof testing
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Direct (shallow) foundations
8.2.1 Solutions to foundations on residual soils - factors that affect the concept
8.2.2 Particular conditions in residual soils
8.2.3 Main demands for the guarantee of structural limit state conditions
8.3 Foundations on unsaturated soils
8.3.1 Shallow foundations on collapsible soils
8.3.2 Deep foundations on collapsible soils
8.3.3 Mitigation measures
8.3.4 Recent research and developments for dealing with collapsible soils
8.3.5 Shallow foundations on expansive soils
8.3.6 Characterisation by swell strains
8.3.7 Types of foundation that are used in expansive soils
8.3.8 Mitigation and preventive measures
8.3.9 Case histories
8.4 Indirect (deep) foundations
8.4.1 General concepts
8.4.2 Pile design
Standards, government and official publications

9 Residual soils of Hong Kong
9.1 General descriptions of decomposed rocks in Hong Kong
9.2 In-situ test sites and sampling locations
9.3 Sampling methods and preparation procedures
9.4 Stress-dependent soil-water characteristic curves (SDSWCC)
9.5 In-situ permeability function
9.6 Small strain shear stiffness
9.7 Shear strength of unsaturated saprolites
9.8 Summary

10 Residual soils of India
10.1 Introduction
10.2 The Archaean group
10.3 Climate
10.4 Distribution of residual soils
10.5 Physico-chemical properties
10.6 Geotechnical engineering data

11 Residual soils of Southeast Asia
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Residual soils of Malaysia
11.2.1 Engineering applications and problems
11.3 Residual soils of Thailand
11.3.1 Engineering applications and problems
11.4 Residual soils of Singapore
11.4.1 Engineering applications and problems

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University of Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia University of Durham, UK

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