Introduction to Soil Mechanics Laboratory Testing

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A step-by-step guide to the basic tests performed in soil mechanics, Introduction to Soil Mechanics Laboratory Testing features procedural aids and industry standards to guide students in the lab. This comprehensive textbook discusses the different methods of in situ soil description and identification. The authors present equations related to physical properties of soil and laboratory methods of soil classification. They cover common tests used in design and construction and that deal with the interaction of soil and water, as well as hydraulic conductivity and consolidation tests. The book also discusses the shear strength of soil and methods of determining it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420045628
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/18/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

In situ methods
In Situ Soil Description and Identification
Particle Size
Dry Strength
Shape and Mineralogical Composition of Coarse-Grained Soils
In Situ Soil Investigation
The Importance of Proper Geotechnical Investigation
Soil Samplins
In Situ Testing
Physical properties
Weight–Volume Relations
Phase Diagram
Water Displacement Method for the Evaluation of Soil Unit Weight
Gravimetric Moisture Content Determination Using Oven Drying
Alternative Gravimetric Moisture Content Determination Methods
Specific Gravity
Sample Calculations
Soil classification
Sieve Analysis of Soils
Test Description
Sample Data and Calculations
Hydrometer Analysis
Hydrometer Analysis
Principle of Analysis
Correction Factors
Analysis Procedure
Sample Calculations
Combined Grain Size Distribution
Atterberg Limits
Liquid Limit Test
Plastic Limit Test
Shrinkage Limit
Sources of Error
Typical Data
Sample Calculations
Soil Classification Systems
Unified Soil Classification System
Sample Calculations
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Classification System
Sample Calculations
References Soil construction and field inspection
Compaction Test
Sample Data and Calculations
Typical Values
Field Inspection
Sand-Cone Method
Sample Data and Calculations
Balloon-Density Method
Sample Data and Calculations
Nuclear Density Method
Engineering properties — hydraulic conductivity and consolidation
Hydraulic Conductivity Test
Hydraulic Conductivity Tests
Constant-Head Permeability Test
Falling-Head Permeability Test
Sample Data and Calculations
Consolidation of Soils
The Consolidation Test
Determination of Geotechnical Engineering Parameters
Summary of Results
Typical Values
Sample Data and Calculations
References Engineering properties — shear strength
Direct Shear Test
Data Reduction
Presentation of Results
Sample Data and Calculations
Unconfined Compression Test
The Unconfined Compression Test
Presentation of Results
Sample Data and Calculations
Triaxial Test
Test Procedure
Electronic Monitoring
Calculations and Results
Sample Data and Calculations
Appendix A: Notes on Report Writing
Appendix B: Properties and Conversion Tables Index

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