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Assignment on 6th September 2012

Question 1 Give the definition of soil compaction Compaction refers to the application of mechanical energy to a soil to rearrange the

particles and reduce the void ratio. It is the process that increases soil density by compressing the soil particle. Compression will reduce the air volume but little effect to the water volume of the soil.
Question 2 This is the result for standard compaction test. Bulk density (Kg/m3) Water content (%) 1978 11.3 2083 12.2 2147 13.0 2208 14.2 2188 15.1 2147 16.4

Plot the dry density against water content curve and draw the saturation line. Given Gs = 2.7

Answer Bulk density (Kg/m3) Water content (%) Dry density d= 1978 11.3 2083 12.2 2147 13.0 2208 14.2 2188 15.1 2147 16.4

(kg/m3)

1785

1857

1900

1933

1901

1845

Saturation line Ar = 0% Water content, w% 14 1959 15 1922 16 1885 17 1849 18 1812

d =

Water content, w%

14 1859

15 1819

16 1794

17 1757

18 1721

d =