Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology

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| Editors: Peter Bobrowsky, Brian Marker

Soil Laboratory Tests

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-12127-7_304-1

Definition

Soil laboratory tests involve various experimental methods for the determination of soil properties for engineering design and evaluation. Tests are used to obtain basic soil information such as classification according to classification methods such as Unified Soil Classification System (USCS) , grain size distribution, and plasticity characteristics as well as determining parameters needed for design and evaluation of infrastructure including the coefficient of permeability, compressibility, and shear strength of the soil mass.

Introduction

The proper design and construction of new infrastructure and evaluation of existing infrastructure greatly depends on the appropriate measurements of the parameters needed in the theoretical and empirical formulations for the problem at hand. One method of determining these parameters is by conducting laboratory soil testing on representative samples obtained from the project site. The procedures for conducting laboratory soil testing...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California State UniversityFullertonUSA