Soil Mechanics at Emmanuel College – Elegant, Rigorous and Relevant – June 2015: Prof. John Burland

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J. Burland

Imperial College London

ABSTRACT: This paper was first presented by the author as a lecture at Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 2005 and was published in the College Magazine. Intended for non-experts it celebrates the contributions made to Soil Mechanics by Professor Ken Roscoe and many of his students at Emmanuel College. The author had the good fortune to be at Cambridge under Roscoe’s supervision at a very important time when the basic concepts of Critical State Soil Mechanics were being developed. The paper focuses as much on the personalities of the key players as on their technical contributions.

KEYWORDS: Critical State, K.H.Roscoe, Simple Shear Apparatus, True Triaxial Apparatus, Camkometer, Leaning Tower of Pisa