Soils Properties: Testing, Measurement, and Evaluation, 4/e
Jack B. Evett, both of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Published July, 1999 by Prentice Hall Career & Technology
Copyright 2000, 420 pp.
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For sophomore/senior-level courses in Geotechnical Engineering
or Soils and Foundation Engineering offered in Construction or Civil
This unique lab manual guides students step-by-step through
the hows and whys of the most commonly used testing methods in civil
engineering practicethose based on the latest American Society
for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and American Association of State
Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) procedures. The manual
uses a consistent Procedure, Data, and Calculations
format for each test; contains completely worked examples showing
the computations required for the analysis and evaluation of the test
data collected; discusses what data, results, and other information
should be presented in the test report; and explains what the test
results will be used for in practical engineering problems. Blank
data reporting forms and graph papers are provided for most tests,
and an accompanying diskette contains state-of-the-art, user-friendly
software for compiling test data, performing calculations, plotting
curves, and obtaining final results.
NEWUp-to-date testing procedures from
the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
NEWA chapter on Determining the Density
and Unit Weight of Soil in Place by Nuclear Methods. (Ch. 15)
- Familiarizes students with the standards that practicing
engineers and architects almost always cite in contracts and specifications,
preparing them for the realities of the workplace.
NEW15% new/revised problems.
- Introduces students to a method that is widely used by
practitioners in field testing because of its relative simplicity
Simple, direct writing style.
- Allows instructors and students to work with fresh material.
Definition, scope, and objective for each experiment.
- Makes complex material easy to read and understand.
One (or more) completely worked numerical examples for
each testShows step by step the computations required for
the analysis and evaluation of the test data collected. Includes charts
and graphs, if needed.
- Gives students an initial understanding of what they
are attempting to do and for what purpose.
A Procedures, Data, Calculations
sequence for each test.
- A general overview of the entire procedure of each test
gives students an overall preview of the entire process of testing
prior to tackling the sometimes laborious step-by-step procedure;
a list of data shows students exactly what must be collected
during the performance of the test; and step-by-step calculations
show students precisely how the collected data are evaluated
to obtain the desired test results.
Clear differentiation between measured and
computed data in numerical examplesHighlights (in
boldface type) all data collected during a test. All other
values (primarily computed values) are presented in regular type.
- Gives students a completely worked example to study prior
to and after performing the test, so they will know better what is
to be done and how.
Typical values for various tests (when available).
- More easily identifies actual collected data.
Method of presentation and engineering
uses of the test resultsGiven for each test.
- Helps students determine if their test results are reasonable.
Data reporting forms and graph papers for most testsProvides
blank copies of all forms at the end of each chapter; blank
copies of graph papers at the end of the text. The graph paper for
each experiment can be photocopied as needed.
- Helps beginning students better understand what data,
results, and other information should be presented in the test report,
and what the test results will be used for in practical engineering
State-of-the-art, user-friendly softwareProvided
on an accompanying diskette.
- Provides students with a convenient means of recording
test data, carrying out required computations, and plotting required
curves, as well as displaying the test results.
- Allows students to compile test data, perform calculations,
plot curves, and obtain final results with efficiency and accuracy.
2. Description and Identification of Soils (Visual-Manual
3. Determining the Moisture Content of Soil (Conventional
4. Determining the Moisture Content of Soil (Microwave
5. Determining the Specific Gravity of Soil.
6. Determining the Liquid Limit of Soil.
7. Determining the Plastic Limit and Plasticity Index
8. Determining the Shrinkage Limit of Soil.
9. Grain-Size Analysis of Soil (Including Both Mechanical
and Hydrometer Analyses).
10. Classification of Soils for Engineering Purposes.
11. Determining Moisture-Unit Weight Relations of Soil (Compaction
12. Determining the Moisture Content of Soil (By Means of
a Calcium Carbide Gas Moisture Tester).
13. Determining the Density and Unit Weight of Soil in Place
by the Sand-Cone Method.
14. Determining the Density and Unit Weight of Soil in Place
by the Rubber-Balloon Method.
15. Determining the Density and Unit Weight of Soil in Place
by Nuclear Methods.
16. Percolation Test.
17. Permeability Test for Granular Soils (Constant-Head
18. Permeability Test for Fine-Grained and Granular Soils
19. Consolidation Test.
20. Determining the Unconfined Compressive Strength of Cohesive
21. Triaxial Compression Test.
22. Direct Shear Test.
23. California Bearing Ratio Test.
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