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Soil Mechanics Laboratory Manual

Tenth Edition

Braja Das

Publication Date - 07 January 2022

ISBN: 9780197545812

400 pages
8 1/2 x 11 inches

In Stock

The most current, comprehensive, and easy-to-follow soil mechanics lab manual available, this acclaimed volume provides detailed discussion of the AASHTO Classification System and the Unified Soil Classification System


Soil Mechanics Laboratory Manual, Tenth Edition, is designed to get dirty. This ideal complement to any Geotechnical Engineering and Soil Mechanics textbook is ring-bound and 'flexi-covered' so students can have it on hand at the lab bench or in the field. Content is organized around standard lab project workflow: It includes over 25 lab projects that are closely aligned to current ASTM standards followed by data sheets for collecting field data and another set for preparing laboratory reports.

New to this Edition

  • Changes driven by ASTM standards and new field methods
  • Minor additions to sections 7.6, 8.5 and 17.6 reflect new research
  • A new chapter on Shrinkage Limit Determination has been added, reflecting ASTM standards change
  • The chapter on Triaxial Tests in Clay is being removed and replaced with 3 new chapters on Triaxial Tests on cohesive soil and sandy soil
  • Added chapters on the Resilient Modulus test and California Bearing Ratio


  • ASTM standard is provided in the introduction section of each laboratory test
  • Sample calculations

About the Author(s)

Braja M. Das is a retired geotechnical engineer and Dean Emeritus of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Sacramento. He is also a former Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and is well known for his many publications in geotechnical engineering.

Table of Contents

    1. Laboratory Test and Preparation of Report
    2. Determination of Water Content
    3. Specific Gravity of Soil Solids
    4. Sieve Analysis
    5. Hydrometer Analysis
    6. Liquid Limit Test: Percussion Cup Method
    7. Liquid Limit Test: Fall Cone Method
    8. Plastic Limit Test
    9. Shrinkage Limit Determination
    10. Engineering Classification of Soils
    11. Standard Proctor Compaction Test
    12. Determination of Field Unit Weight of Compaction by Sand Cone Method
    13. Maximum and Minimum Dry Densities of Granular Soil (Sand)
    14. Constant Head Permeability Test in Sand
    15. Falling Head Permeability Test in Sand
    16. Direct Shear Test on Sand
    17. Unconfined Compression Test
    18. Consolidation Test
    19. Unconsolidated-Undrained Triaxial Test on Cohesive Soil
    20. Consolidated-Undrained Triaxial Test on Cohesive Soil
    21. Consolidated-Drained Triaxial Test on Cohesive Sands
    22. Resilient Modulus Test for Cohesive and Granular Soils
    23. California Bearing Ratio for Laboratory Compacted Soils
    A. Weight-Volume Relationships
    B. Data Sheets for Laboratory Experiments

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