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A Laboratory Manual on Soil Mechanics(Testing and Interpretation)

Ravi Kumar Sharma

ISBN: 9789389307733

160 pages

INR 315


The testing procedure, methodology and suitable data presentation tables are based upon relevant Indian standard specifications. The data analysis shall make the students aware of techniques generally used for the determination of soil properties in the laboratory as well as in the field. With its coverage, the book is an indispensable lab manual for the civil engineering students and other allied areas like geotechnical engineering, agricultural engineering etc. It will also be a useful reference for scientists and researchers in the area of soil mechanics studies.


  • Experiment 1: Water Content Determination by Oven Drying (IS: 2720 PART II-1973)
  • Experiment 2: Water Content Determination by Infrared Moisture Meter (IS: 2720 PART II-1973)
  • Experiment 3: Water Content Determination by Calcium Carbide Method (IS: 2720 PART II-1973)
  • Experiment 4: Specific Gravity Determination (IS: 2720 PART 3/SEC I-1980)
  • Experiment 5: Grain Size Distribution—Sieve Analysis (IS: 2720 PART IV-1985)
  • Experiment 6: Grain Size Analysis by Hydrometer Method (IS: 2720 PART IV-1985)
  • Experiment 7: Compaction Test (IS: 2720 PART VII-1980)
  • Experiment 8: Determination of Liquid Limit (IS: 2720 PART V-1985)
  • Experiment 9: Determination of Plastic Limit (IS: 2720 PART V-1985)
  • Experiment 10: Determination of Shrinkage Limit (IS: 2720 PART VI-1972)
  • Experiment 11: Determination of In-Situ Density of Soil (IS: 2720 PART XXIX-1975)
  • Experiment 12: Determination of Unconfined Compressive Strength (IS: 2720 PART X-1991)
  • Experiment 13: Determination of Shear Strength of Soil by Laboratory Vane Shear Test (IS: 2720 PART XXX-1980)
  • Experiment 14: Determination of Shear Strength of Soil by Direct Shear (IS: 2720 PART XIII-1986)
  • Experiment 15: Determination of Shear Strength of Soil by Triaxial Test (IS: 2720 part XI-1993)
  • Experiment 16: California Bearing Ratio Test (IS: 2720 PART XXXI-1990)
  • Experiment 17: Consolidation Test (IS: 2720 PART XV-1986)
  • Experiment 18: Permeability Test (IS: 2720 PART XVII-1986)
  • Experiment 19: Free Swell Index of Soils (IS: 2720 PART XL-1977)
  • Experiment 20: Measurement of Swelling Pressure of Soils (IS: 2720 PART XLI-1977)
  • Experiment 21: Standard Penetration Test for Soils (IS: 2131-1981, Reaffirmed 2002)
  • Experiment 22: Plate Load Test (IS: 1888–1982)
  • Experiment 23: Visual Soil Classification (ASTM D 2488 and IS: 1498-1970)
  • Experiment 24: Dynamic Cone Penetration Test for Soils (IS: 4968 (Part I)–1976)
  • References