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Tropical Residual Soils

Product Code: PHTRS
Series: GSL Professional Handbooks - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by Peter Fookes
Publication Date: 01 May 1997
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Tropical residual soils differ from transported soils which are principally derived from coastal, fluvial, wind blown or glacial processes. In the tropics, residual soils probably form that largest group with which the engineer has to deal. Being formed in situ these soils have particular characteristics that distinguish them from material deposited from transported soils.

The aim of the original Working Party Report, published in 1990, was to establish a resonably comprehensive guide to the engineering classification and characteristics of tropical residual soils. The Working Party comprised academics, researchers, contractors and consultants known to have been particularly concerned with tropical residual soils. This edition makes the report available in book form for the first time. The opportunity has been taken to revise every chapter in the light of progress in scientific and engineering knowledge since 1990. Chapter 2 has particularly benefited from pedological advances and Chapter 4 from practical advances in engeering geology fieldwork. An index is also included.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-897799-38-1
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-897799-38-3
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 184
Weight: 0.60 kg


Origins and distribution of tropical residual soils • Tropical weathering • Duricrusts • Saprolite • Pedogenic factors and characteristics of residual soil types • Factors influencing depth of residual soil mantles • Profile features of engineering significance • Lateral variability of tropical residual soils Soil classification • Objective • Background • Genetic classification • Classification for engineering purposes Field descriptions and identification • General site characteristics • Soil material characteristics • Soil mass characteristics • Data collection Testing and sampling tropical residual soils • Test for classification of soils • Compaction related tests • Strength and sensitivity • Expansive clays • Collapsing soils • Dispersive and Erodible soils • Chemical tests • Soil mineralogy and microstructure • Drilling and sampling • In situ tests Guidelines to engineering properties and characteristics • Residual soils in situ • Partial saturation • Residual soils as fills • Practical difficulties in working with residual soils • Residual soils in road pavements • Duricrusts as sources of aggregates • Appendix: Field description and practical application • Audience: engineering geologists, geologists, civil engineers, pedologists and geomorphologists


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