|aGrounded! :|bamazing classroom demonstrations in soil mechanics /|cDavid J. Elton.
|aReston, Virginia :|bAmerican Society of Civil Engineers,|cc2015.
|axiii, 191 p. :|bill. ;|c23 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|aExploding soils -- Rice is nice : an exercise in pile capacity -- Break that block : the power of bentonite -- A retaining wall made of: paper! -- Slip slidin' away with effective stress -- Magic beaker: sand defies gravity -- Effective potato chips -- Foam balls in a pipe : soil arching -- Geotechnical Rorschach test (water flows around a drain, instead of into the drain) -- Hairy soil -- Sand cylinder hoisting -- Water that won't go through a sieve; water that does -- Dilation in someone's hand: (silty soil identification) -- Piping under a sheetpile dam -- Jar of rocks : soil void ratio, porosity, unit weight and water content of soils -- Liquefaction by upward gradient -- Blow it out : critical hydraulic gradient. flowlines -- Relative density of soil in a graduated cylinder -- Soil filter demonstration using marbles -- Sand in a jar, strong as you are -- Slinky shear waves (and compression ones, too!) -- Soil bridge in a tube -- Capillarity and cotton balls, plus (bonus!) non-woven geotextile strength demonstration -- Stick slip behavior -- Tilt me up Scotty : interface friction -- Soils relaxing : the angle of repose -- Falling head over heels for permeability : the permeability of ooblech -- Bulking of soils : aka, less soil for your money -- Geotextile puncture test -- Soil dilation and compaction using ping pong balls -- Campus geology tour -- Settlement rates of soils in jars -- Bearing capacity : bigger is better -- Retaining wall in a box -- Rockfall simulator lab.
|a"Elton presents 35 serious but entertaining experiments for budding scientists and engineering students that teach the fundamentals of soil mechanics and illustrate the dynamics of how soils behave and how they can be manipulated."--|cProvided by publisher.