It is critical to quantify the various properties of soil in order to predict how it will behave under field loading for the safe design of soil structures. Quantification of these properties is performed using standardized laboratory tests. This lab manual prepares readers to enter the field with a collection of the most common of these soil mechanics tests. The procedures for all of these tests are written in accordance with applicable American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards.
2. Measurement of Moisture Content.
3. Measurement of Specific Gravity of Soil Solids.
4. Measurement of Liquid Limit and Plastic Limit.
5. Analysis of Grain Size Distribution.
6. Laboratory Classification of Soil.
7. Field Classification of Soil.
8. Laboratory Soil Compaction.
9. Field Measurement of Dry Unit Weight and Moisture Content.
10. Measurement of Hydraulic Conductivity of Granular Soil Using a Fixed-Wall Permeameter.
11. One-Dimensional Consolidation Test of Cohesive Soil.
12. Direct Shear Strength Test of Granular Soil.
13. Unconfined Compressive Strength Test of Cohesive Soil.
14. Unconsolidated-Undrained Triaxial Shear Strength Test of Cohesive Soil.
Appendix A. Laboratory Data Sheets.