Core Principles of Soil Mechanics

This ICE textbook covers the concepts of major topics in soil mechanics through a simple, practical approach for easy learning within in a limited timeframe.

Core Principles of Soil Mechanics
Core Principles of Soil Mechanics

Who wrote this?

This textbook was produced by ICE Publishing and written by Sanjay Kumar Shukla, Associate Professor and Program Leader of the Discipline of Civil Engineering in the School of Engineering and Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.


It was published in May 2014.


The purpose of this guide is to explore the physical properties of soils and the behaviour of soil masses subjected to loads, as well as soil phases, classification and characteristics, stresses and fluid flow, consolidation, compressibility and compaction, shear strength, lateral earth pressure, slope stability and bearing capacity. These core principles can be applied to soil-like materials, such as coal ashes and mine tailings, and are explored using real-life scenarios and worked examples.

Who should read this?

Civil engineers and students interested in the fundamentals of soil mechanics, looking for a practical guide for easy learning within in a limited timeframe.


This textbook provides the key concepts and latest developments in the field of soil mechanics, including:

  • Basic description of soil
  • Soil particle-size distribution, consistency and classification
  • Stresses in soil
  • Fluid flow through soil
  • Consolidation and compressibility of soil
  • Shear strength of soil
  • Improvement of soil
  • Lateral earth pressure from soil
  • Stability of soil slopes
  • Load-bearing capacity of soil

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