Holtz, Kovacs and Sheahan Errata

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p. 15 In Example 2.2, under Given, it should read rs = 2.70 Mg/m3 (assumed)

p. 17 In the calculation for S near the bottom of the page, the numerator should be 0.16 m3

p. 35 “The bimodal distribution shown in Fig. 2.5(d) results in a gap-graded…” and“For example, in Fig. 2.6, for the well-graded curve, the minus No. 10 portion is 40%.”

p. 38 Cc = 1.12 not 0.1

p. 40 correct spelling is “Zusammenhaftbarkeitsgrenze”

p. 41 Fig. 2.8, middle plot. While these are conceptual plots, the strength at the PL is about 100 times greater than that at the LL. This plot does not accurately depict this relationship.

p. 45 solution part c should read “…data for blow counts between 20 and 30, or only for Trials 2 and 3.”

p. 50, Table 2.7, Col. 4

For clean gravels: Cu ³ 4 and 1 £ Cc £ 3 (well graded)

Cu < 4 and/or 1 > Cc > 3 (poorly graded)

For clean sands:     Cu ³ 6and 1 £ C£ 3 (well graded)

Cu < 6 and/or 1 > Cc > 3 (poorly graded)

p. 51 “…are those having 50% or more passing the No. 200 or 0.075 mm sieve,… [instead of 75 mm sieve]

p. 61 Prob. 2.11. Second sentence should read: “Assuming the soil is saturated, find (a) water content, (b) void ratio, and (c) total density.”

p. 63 Prob. 2.29. Should be ρs not ps.

p. 81, Figs. 3.6(b) and (c). These 2 figures are switched. The following figures are correct, taken from Tan et al. (2002)

Fig 2 from Tan et al (2002) after Sowers & Richardson (1983) Fig 3_6b and c

p. 114 “tectonic” in 4th line of 1st paragraph, section 3.3.9

p. 170 “You can use Fig. 5.3 to solve for similar compaction problems.”

p. 171 Table 5.4. In the table, Soil No. 2 should say “Well-graded silty sand, SM.

p. 173 “Hydraulic conductivity of compacted clays is described in Chapter 7, …” [deleted extra “in”]

p. 213 “You dig a hole of 1/30 ft3 in the compacted layer…”

p. 216 Eqn. 6.4a should have a 4 in the numerator, so

-4Tcosa/drwg

p. 227, Fig. 6.11 “Capillary zone or fringe”

p. 258, eqn. 6.17b missing a “+” sign from 6.17a.

p. 286, Fig. Ex. 7.3a Datum should be at the lower phreatic surface

p. 290, Fig. Ex. 7.6b the pressure head plot should rise to 12 cm at Pt. B, remain level until Pt. D, then rise to 13.5 cm at Pt. E.

p. 294, eqn. directly above table should read q = 5k2A1 + k2A2 = k2(5A1 + A2)

p. 308 under Given: The dam with piezometers show in Fig. 7.15.”

p. 317 q = 3.25 x 10-5 m3/sec = 2.8 m3/day

p. 320 Eqn. 7.22: subscripts in the numerator should be ki and Hi.
Eqn. 7.23: subscripts in the denominator should be Hi and kvi.

p. 334 “…According to Kenney and Lau (1985, 1986) and LaFleur et al. (1986), …

p. 354 “…[like Fig. 8.4(a), although it appears…”

p. 355, Fig. 8.7 The recompression line extension in this figure should be labeled “1” and the virgin compression line extension should be labeled “2.” The line labeled “T” in the figure is the tangent adjusted so that the two distances “x” are the same.

p. 368 Example 8.7 “For test 13, find De for the log cycle from 300 to 1000 kPa

Δe = 1.09—0.83 = 0.26; so Cc = 0.50

p. 410 Eqn. 9.9, should be Uz = 1 – … not u.

p. 433 Example 9.10, k = 2.9 x 10-8 cm/s = 2.9 x 10-10 m/s

p. 441-2, ss = 0.041 m = 4.1 cm

p. 454 Example 10.1 illustrates the use of the 2:1 method.

p. 458 In Eqn. 10.6, the n3 should be n2

p. 461 Example 10.3

Part a. The dimensions x and y for rectangle A573 should be switched so that x = 5 and y = 10. The influence factor becomes 0.200 and the calculated total Dszbecomes 0.9 kPa, close to the computer solution by Christian and Urzua (1996) of approximately 1 kPa.

Part b. The problem statement should say an additional 0.1 MPa. Then rectangle 96210 is then loaded with 200 kPa and total
sz = 0.3 kPa from part a plus 23.8 – 21.0 – 23.2 + 20.6 = 0.5 kPa.

p. 478, Figure 10.13 (c) Ds should go from the initial effective overburden pressure line all the way to furthest right line, not just to the preconsolidation pressure line.

p. 482 last line, Table Ex. 10.8b instead of Table Ex. 10.11b

p. 484 plot the consolidation settlement data in Table Ex. 10.8b

p. 487 top, …the layer thickness in Column (9) to obtain that layer’s contribution to the total settlement in Column (10).

p. 496, Fig. P10.28 Cce = 0.19

p. 500 “Now we can write Eqs. (11.3) and (11.4) in terms of principal stresses.” For the particular geometry in Fig. 11.3b, Eq. 11.5 should have a minus sign instead of a plus sign.

p. 504, Fig. Ex. 11.3(b) At point C, the value of tshould be 5.3 MPa

p. 531 Fig. 11.20(c) Sleeve area should be 15,000 mm2

p. 545 “For a drained test, of course, σ1= σ’1/σ’3.”

p. 548, Fig. 12.7 Label should read ecrit = 0.555 not scrit = 0.555.

p. 591 References to Table 12.5 should be to Table 12.6.

p. 598, Fig. 12.59(b) Vertical axis should read “Relative strength (based on stress required to cause 25% strain)

p. 615 definitions of p and q should be (σh ± σv)/2

p. 622 “So, from the p-q diagram the shear strength parameters φ and c may be readily computed.”

p. 625 “The stress path for the axial compression test illustrated in Fig. 12.22 is the straight line AC in Fig. 13.7.

p. 667 Figs. 13.43 and 13.44: Denominator of ordinate should be τf

p. 714 last full paragraph should refer to Bjerrum empirical correlation for the vane shear test in Fig. 12.45, not Fig. 11.19

p. 715 Fig. 13.90c should have Bjerrum’s correction factor μ as the ordinate

p. 815 Fellenius, B.H. (2011). Basics of Foundation Design. www.fellenius.net, 362 pp., accessed Sept. 22, 2011. Referenced on p. 378, Table 8.2 [should say Fellenius (2011)]

p. 823 LAFLEUR, J., MLYNAREK, J., AND ROLLIN, A.L.

p. 840 (index) Under Activity:

of a clay, defined, 133

typical values of, 133


Thanks to those who have reported errata:

  • Akram Alshawabkeh
  • Victoria Bennett
  • Omer Bilgin
  • Chris Cooper
  • Bengt Fellenius
  • William Brown
  • Ryan Burns
  • Bruce Kutter
  • Don DeGroot
  • Jennifer Diercksen
  • Aaron Judge
  • Vic Kaliakin
  • Bill Kitch
  • Barbara Luke
  • Collin McCormick
  • Dogus Meric
  • Zachary Morris
  • Armin Stuedlein
  • Tom Zimmie

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