Manual of Geotechnical Laboratory Soil Testing covers physical, index & engineering properties of soils including compaction characteristics (optimum moisture content), permeability (coefficient of hydraulic conductivity), compressibility characteristics and shear strength (cohesion intercept and angle of internal friction). Further, it covers data collection, analysis, computations, additional considerations, sources of error, precautionary measures and the presentation results along with well-defined illustrations, for each of the listed tests. Each of the tests is based on relevant standards with pertinent references, broadly aimed at geotechnical design applications.
- Provides fundamental coverage of elementary-level laboratory characterization of soils
- Describes objectives, basic concepts, general understanding and appreciation of the geotechnical principles for determination of physical, index and engineering properties of soil materials
- Presents the step-by-step procedures for various tests based on relevant standards
- Interprets soil analytical data and illustrates empirical relationship between various soil properties
- Includes observation data sheet and analysis, results and discussions, applications of test results
This manual is aimed at undergraduates, senior undergraduates and researchers in Geotechnical and Civil Engineering.
Table of Contents
1. Moisture Content of a Soil Sample 2. Field/In-Place Dry Density of a Soil Sample 3. Specific Gravity of Soil Solids 4. Particle or Grain Size Distribution of Soils by Sieve Analysis 5. Particle Size Distribution Analysis of a Soil Sample by Hydrometer Method 6. Atterberg Limits of a Fine Grained Soil Sample 7. Organic Matter in a Fine Grained Soil Sample 8. Relative Density of a Soil Sample 9. Compaction Characteristics of a Soil Specimen by Standard Proctor/Modified Proctor Test 10. Coefficient of Permeability or Hydraulic Conductivity of Soils 11. Consolidation Test of a Soil Sample 12. Unconfined Compressive Strength of a Soil Sample 13. Undrained Shear Strength (cu) of Cohesive Soils by Laboratory Vane Shear Test (VST) 14. Shear Strength of Soils by Direct Shear Test (DST) 15. Shear Strength of Soils by Triaxial Test
Prof. B. A. Mir is among Senior Faculty of Civil Engineering Department of NIT Srinagar with more than two decades of teaching experience. Prof. Mir obtained his B. E. in civil engineering from REC Srinagar, M. B. A. from institute of chartered Managers, IAS academy Chennai, M. E. in Geotechnical Engg from Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) Bangalore and Ph. D. in Geotechnical Engg from Indian institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai. After brief spell of services in industry, Prof. Mir joined Regional Engineering College (now NIT) Srinagar in May 1993. Prof. Mir has publishes more than 100 research papers in international Journals & Conferences & has bagged many best paper awards.
Dr. Mir has travelled many countries abroad including Australia, Bangkok (Thailand), China, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Tunisia, United Kingdom (UK) and presented his research papers. Dr. Mir has also Chaired Technical Sessions in International Conferences Abroad and in India. Dr. Mir has provided consultancy services to more than 150 projects of National importance of various Govt. and Private Agencies. Dr. Mir is currently Hon. Secretary, IGS Srinagar Chapter and Dean Planning & Development Department NIT Srinagar. Dr. Mir is also representing India as Technical committee (TC 216) member on “Frost Geotechnics” of International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) for the year 2018-2021.