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IS : 2729 ( Part XXVIII ) - 1974

( Roeffimod 1995 )

Indian Standard
METHODS OF TEST FOR SOILS
PART XXVIII DETERMINATION OF DRY DENSITY OF SOILS IN-PLACE, BY THE SAND REPLACEMENT METHOD
(

First Revision )

Sixth Reprint AUGUST 1998

UDC 624.131.431.5

0 CopVright 1974
BUREAU OF INDIAN STANDARDS

MANAK BHAVAN, 9 BAHADUR SHAH ZAFAR WARG NEW DELHI 110002

Gr

October

1974

IS : 2720 ( Part XXVIII ) - 1974

Indian Standard
METHODS OF TEST FOR SOILS
PART XXVIII DETERMINATION OF DRY DENSITY OF SOILS IN-PLACE, BY THE SAND REPLACEMENT METHOD

( First Revision )
Soil Engineering
Chairman

Sectional

Committee,
Re@esenting

BDC 23
Institute ( CSIR ),

PROF DINESHMOHAN
Members

Central Building Roorkee

Research

Prof Dinesh Mohan ) PROP ALAM SINCH DR A. BANER~EE SHRI S. &PTA (Alternate SHRI K. N. DADIT;A SHRI A. G. DASTIDAR SHRI R. L. DEWAN FziT:RD~~~~~~

SHKI G. R. S. JAIN (Alternate

to
Universiky of Jodhpur, Jodhpur Cementation Co Ltd, Bombay

PROF S. K. GULHATI ( Alternate ) Irrigation 8r Power Research Institute, Amritsar DIRECTOR &WI B. B. L. BHATNAGAR Alternate ) ( Central Uater & Power Commission, New Delhi I)IRECTOR(CS & MRS) DEPUTY DIRECTOR( CS & MRS ) (Alternate ) Rodio Foundation Engineering Ltd; and Hazarat & SHRI A. H. DIVANJI Co, Bombay SHRI A. N. JANGLE ( Alternate ) National Buildings Organization, New Delhi SJlRl v. G. HEGDE SHRIJ. P. SHARMA( Alternate ) Engineering Research Laboratory, Hyderabad DR IQBAL ALI SHRI K. R. SAXENA(Alternate ) JOINT DIRECTOR RESEARCH ( FE ), Railway Board ( Ministry of Railways )

In personal capacity ( P-820 New Al&we, Cnlcutta 53) Hindustan Construction Co, Bombay Irrigation Research Institute, Khagaul. Patna Indian Geotechnical Society, New Delhi Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi

RDSO
DEPUTY DIRECTOR RESEARCH, SOIL MECHANICS, RDSO (dlternafe)
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Rcprarmfing
Public Works Dcpartmcnt, Govcrnm cnt of Punjab Roada Wing ( Ministry of Shipping & T-port) Concrete Central Association of India, Bombay

Road Research Institute ( CSIR ), New Delhi Rcacarch Laboratory, Public Worka Department, Government of Punjab Engineer-in-Cbiefa Branch, Army Headquartem MAJK.M.S.SAHAQ ssrm P. PuYHmoAMANr ( AI&auti ) ckntrd Board of Irrigation & Power, New D&i fbRRTARY I.br~wr~ SBCRETAIlY(Altemate) University of Roorkee, Roorkee DRSHAyQIERPRAKXjH Irrigation Researc h Institute, Roorkee Srmt H. D. Sa= Sup~anrrw~~~o ENOINIXER (PLAN- Concrete & Soil Rmearcb Laboratory, Public Worka Department, Government of Tamil Nadu NINO& Dsk?tGNtiCLE) Exnmvn ENOINEER( INCHAROE SOIL MEcnANlcn & RmEAacn DIMnON ) ( &tt?IU~ ) Institution of Engineera ( India ), Calcutta &mI~ g $W~Al=stAN All India Instrument Manufacturers ik Deakn . . Association, Bombay Smu V. K. V~EV~ ( Alternate ) of Uttar Publi0yvks Department, SHRI H. G. VGov emment

Building & Roada

Srmr D. C. Csixruavam Smu D. AJIT%~ Sm Director ( Civ Engg )

( Altemutc ) Director CIeral, Stcr&tp SIiltIG.ti Deputy

BIS,( Ex-@&

M&)

Director ( Civ Engg ), BIS

Soil Testing Procedures and Equipment Subcommittee, BDC 23 : 3


University of Jodhpur, Jodhpur Township

PROF hAM SINOH


Members SHRI. N. K. BERRY SHRI N. K. Am+

Beas Dams Project, Talwara ( A~tenafe )

DR R. K. BHANDARI SHIU T. N. BHAROAWA SHRI A. S. BI~HNOI Alternate ) ( DR A. K. CW~TERJEE

Central Road Research Institute ( CSIR), New Delhi Roads Wing ( Ministry of Shipping & Transport ) Publzraysks Department, Government of Uttar

DR B. L. DHAWAN ( Alkmute) -_Irrigation Research Institute, Kbagaul, Patna SHRI K. L. IJEWAN Central Water & Power Co mmission, New Delhi DIRECTOR ( CS & MRS ) ti[A~~;~cTOR ( CS & MRS)

IS : 2720 i Part XXVIII ) - 1974

Indian Standard
METHODS OF TEST FOR SOILS
PART XXVIII DETERMINATION OF DRY DENSITY OF SOILS IN-PLACE, BY THE SAND REPLACEMENT METHOD

( First Revision )
0. FOREWORD

0.1 This Indian Standard ( Part XXVIII ) ( First Revision ) was adopted by the Indian Standards Institution on 21 February 1974, after the draft finalized by the Soil Engineering Sectional Committee had been approved by the Civil Engineering Division Council. 0.2 With a view to establish uniform procedures for the determination of different characteristics of soils and also for facilitating comparative studies of the results, the Indian Standards Institution is bringing out this Indian Standard methods of test for soils ( IS : 2720) which will be published in parts. This part [ IS ; 2720 (Part XXVIII ) ] deals with the determination The of dry density of soil, in-place, by the sand replacement method. in-place density of natural soil is needed for the determination of bearing capacity of soils, for the purpose of stability analysis of natural slopes, for the determination of pressures on underlying strata for calculation of settlement, etc. In compacted soils the in-place density is needed to check the amount of compaction that the soil has undergone for comparison with design data. The correct estimation of the in-place density of both natural and compacted soils is therefore of imptrtance. 0.2.1 This standard was originally published in 1966. In this revision the sieve size for defining fine-grained soils has been changed to 2 mm. An appendix has been added for the determination of water content and dry density of medium- and coarse-grained soils containing appreciable gravel fraction. 0.3 This standard is divided into two sections. Section 1 prescribes the method suitable for fine- and medium-grained soils using the small sand pouring cylinder; Section 2 lays down the method which uses the large sand pouring cylinder and is suitable for fine-, medium- and coarse-grained soils containing stones which make the test of Section 1 difficult to perform. 3

IS : 2720( Part XXVIII)


grouped

- 1974
of tests described in this standard

0.3.1 For the purpose


Fine-grained soils

as shown below:

soils shall

be 90 IS

Soils containing not less than percent passing a 2.0-mm Sieve ( see IS : 460-1962* ) soils

Medium-grained

Soils containing not less than 90 percent passmg a ZO-mm IS Sieve ( see IS : 460-1962* ) Soils containing not less than percent passing a 40-mm Sieve ( see IS : 460-1962* ) relating to the determination 90 IS of

Coarse-grained

soils

0.4 The other standards so far published density of soil in-place are as follows:

IS : 2720 (Part XXIX )-1966 Methods of test for soils: Part XXIX Determination of dry density of soils in-place by the core cutter method IS : 2720 ( Part XXX111 )-1971 Methods of XXX111 Determination of density in-place water replacement method IS : 2720 ( Part XXXIV)XXXIV Determination baloon method test for by the soils: Part ring and

1972 Methods of test for soils: Part of density of soil in-place by the rubber-

0.5 In the formulation of this standard due weightage has been given to international co-ordination among the standards and practices prevailing in different countries in addition to relating it to the practices in the field in this country. This has been met by basing the standard on the following publications: BS 1377 : 1961 Methods of testing soils for civil engineering British Standards Institution. purposes.

INDIA. MINISTRY OF IRRIGATIONAND POWER. CBIP Publication PJo. 42. Standards for testing soils. 1963. Central Board of Irrigation and Power, New Delhi. 0.6 In reporting the result of a test or analysis made in accordance with this standard, if the final value, observed or calculated, is to be rounded off, it shall be done in accordance with IS : 2-1960t.
*Specification

t~ula

for test sieves ( rerked ). for rounding off numerical values ( rruisrd ).

IS : 2729 ( Part XXVIII SECTION

) - 1974

GRAINED

METHOD SUITABLE FOR FINE- AND MEDIUMSOILS : SMALL POURING CYLINDER METHOD

1. SCOPE 1.1 This method covers the determination, in-place, of the dry density ( in g/cm3 or kg/m3 ) of natural or compacted fine- and medium-grained The method is soils for which a small sand-pouring cylinder is used. applicable to layers not exceeding 150 mm in thickness ( see Note ). -With granular materials having little or no cohesion, particularly when they NOTE are wet, there is a danger of errors in the measurement of dry density by thii method. These errors are caused by the slumping of the sides of the excavated density hole and always result in an over-estimation of the density.

2. APPARATUS 2.1 Small Sand-Pouring


shown in Fig. 1. 2.2 Tools for Excavating Holes -suitable tools, such as a scraper tool similar to that shown in Fig. 2 to make a level surface; bent spoon, dibber shown in Fig. 3. 2.3 Cylindrical Calibrating Container-with an internal diameter of 100 mm and an internal depth of 150 mm (see Note 1 under 4.2.2 ) of the type illustrated in Fig. 4 fitted with a flange approximately 50 mm wide and about 5 mm thick surrounding the open end. The volume of the container should be given to an accuracy of 0.25 percent. 2.4 Balance accurate to 1 g. Cylinder similar in essential details to that

2.5 Plane Surface: Glass or Perspex Plate or Other Plane Surface about 450 mm square and 9 mm thick or larger. 2.6 Metal Containers -to collect is one about 150 mm diameter and cover. excavated 200 mm soil. deep A convenient size with a removable

2.7 Cylindrical Steel Core-Cutter - of steel, 127.4f 0.1 mm long and 100 mm f 0.1 mm internal diameter with a wall thickness of 3 mm bevelled at one end. One suitable type is illustrated in Fig. 5. The cutter shall be kept adequately greased. 2.8 Metal Tray with Hole 100 mm hole in the centre. 300 mm square and 40 mm deep with a

IS : 2720 ( Part XXVIII ) - 1974

*The

handle

be required for large pouring cylinder only.

Large (for fine-, mcdiumand coarse-gained soils)\

lo

1 175

1 350 1 160 ] -J$

/ *15 1 15 !

le5

NOTL 1 - Thjs design has been found fatisfactory, but alternative designs may de ernJtlo$ provldcc! that the -~a rqmrements are fultikd. - Essential duncnslons are underlined. NOTE 3 - Tolerance on essential dimensions f 1 mm.

Fm. 1

Ail dimcnnions in millimetrcS. SANDPOURPIO CYLINDER FORTHE DETERMINATION DENSITY OF

xs:2720(PRrtxxvm)-1974

WOODEN

HANDLE \

NOTE-This employed.

design has been found satisfactory, but alternative de&e All diicnaion3 in millimetru.

may be

FICA 2

SCRAPER FOR LEVELLINO SURFACZ OF SOIL

NOTE- IIds design has bccu found aatiskctory, but altcmative dcsigw may he employed. All dim&ona FIG. in millimetred.

3 DBBER

FOR

DxoonmDENSITY How 7

Is12720(PartxxvIII)-1974

1
7 FLANGE

Nom 1 -This design has bun found satisfactory, but alternative employed, provided that thq essential requirements are fulfilled. Essential dimensions arc underlined. NOTEZ_ND~ 3 -Tolerance on essential dimensions * 0.1 mm. All dimensions in millimctrcs.

designs may be

FIG. 4

CALIBRATINO CONTAINER FOR USE WITH SMALL POURIW CYLINDER 8

IS : 2720( Part XXVIIl

) - 1974

Luo

RAMMER

9-d

All dimensions in millimetrcs. NOTE 1 - Thue designs have been found satisfactory, but alternative designs may be employed, provided that the essential requirements are fulfilled. NOTE 2 - Essential sions are underlined. dimen-

CUTTER

NOTE 3 -Tolerance on essential dimensions f 0.1 mm.

Fra.

CORE-CUTTER APPARATUSFOR SOIL DENSITYDETERMINATION 9

IJ t 2720 ( Part 3. MATERIAL

XXVIII

) - 1374

( SAND )

3.1 Clean, uniformly graded natural sand passing the lOO-mm IS Sieve and retained on the 600-micron IS Sieve shall be used. It shall be free from organic matter, and shall have been oven dried and stored for a suitable period to allow its water content to reach equilibrium with atmospheric humidity ( see Note ).
NOTE - Generally a storage period, after oven drying, of about 7 days is sufficient for the water content of the sand to reach equilibrium with the atmospheric humidity. The sand should not be stored in air-tight containers and should be thoroughly mixed before use. If sand is salvaged from holes in compacted soils after carrying out the test, it is advisable to sieve, dry and store this sand again before it is used in further sand replacement tests.

4. PROCEDURE 4.1 Calibration of Apparatus

4.1.1 The method given in 4.1.1.1 to 4.1.1.4 shall be followed for the determination of the weight of sand in the cone of the pouring cylinder. 4.1.1.1 The pouring cylinder shall be filled so that the level of the sand in the cylinder is within about 10 mm of the top. Its total initial weight ( W, ) shall be found and shall be maintained constant throughout the tests for which the calibration is used. A volume of sand equivalent to that of the excavated hole in the soil ( or equal to that of the calibrating container ) ( fee Note 1 under 4.2.2 ) shall be allowed to run out of The shutter on the pouring cylinder shall the cylinder under gravity. then be closed and the cylinder placed on a plane surface, such as a glass plate. 4.1.1.2 The shutter on the pouring cylinder shall be opened and sand allowed to run out. When no further movement of sand takes place in the cylinder the shutter shall be closed and the cylinder removed carefully. 4.1.1.3 The sand that has filled the cone of the pouring cylinder (that is, the sand that is left on the plane surface ) shall be collected and weighed to the nearest gram. 4.1 .1.4 These measurements shall be repeated at least three times and the mean weight ( W, ) taken. 4.1.2 The method described in 4.1.2.1 to 4.1.2.3 shall be followed for the determination of the bulk density of the sand ( y, ). 4.1.2.1 The internal volume ( V) in ml of the calibrating container shall be determined from the weight of water contained in the container when filled to the brim ( see Note 1 under 4.2.2 ). The volume may also be calculated from the measured internal demensions of the container. 10

IS : 2720 ( Part XXVIII

) - 1974

4.1.2.2 The pouring cylinder shall be placed.concentrically on the top of the calibrating container after being filled to the constant weight ( W, ) as in 4.1.1.1. The shutter on the pouring cylinder shall be closed during this operation. The shutter shall be opened and sand allowed to run out. When no further movement of sand takes place in the cylinder the shutter shall be closed. The pouring cylinder shall be removed and weighed to the nearest gram. 4.1.2.3 These measurements shall be repeated the mean weight ( W, ) taken ( see Note ). at least three times and

NOTE- Since variations in atmospheric humidity affect the water content of the sand, and hence its bulk density, the calibration should be made ( or at least checked ) during each days work. To overcome the effec:s of slight variations in grading and particle shape between batches of sand, each batch should be sampled and calibrated.

4.2 Measurement of Soil Density - The following followed for the measurement of soil density.

method

shall

be

4.2.1 A flat area, approximately 450 mm square, of the soil to be tested shall be exposed and trimmed down to a level surface preferably with the aid of the scraper tool. 4.2.2 The metal tray with a central hole shall be laid on the prepared surface of the soil with the hole over the portion of the soil to be tested. The hole in the soil shall then be excavated using the hole in the tray as a pattern, to the depth of the layer to be tested up to a maximum of 150 mm ( see Note 1 ). The excavated soil shall be carefully collected, leaving no loose material in the hole and weighed to the nearest gram ( W,,, ). The metal tray shall be removed before the pouring cylinder is placed in position over the excavated hole. The following sionless soils: alternative method shall be used for fine-grained cohe-

The steel core cutter shall be pressed evenly and carefully into the soil until its top edge is flush with the levelled surface. Soil to a depth of ICO mm (see Note 1 ) within the core cutter shall then be excavated by means of suitable tools. The excavated soil shall be carefully collected and weighed to the nearest gram ( W, ). The core cutter shall remain in position during the remainder of the testing procedure.
NOTE 1 - If for any reason it is necessary to excavate the holes to depths other than 150 mm, the calibrating container should be replaced by one, the depth of which is the same as the hole excavated or its effective depth should be reduced to that of the hole excavated. NOTE2 -Care shall be taken in excavating the hole to see that the hole is not enlarged by levering the dibber against the side of the hole, as this will result in lower densities being recorded.

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IS : 2720 ( Part XXVIII

) - 1974

4.2.5 The water content ( W) of the excavated soil shall be determined by themethod specified in IS: 2720 ( Part II )-1973*. Alternatively the whole of the excavated soil may be dried and weighed ( Wd ). 4.2:4 The pouring cylinder filled to the constant weight ( W, ) as in 4.1.1 shall be so placed that the base of the cylinder covers the hole concentrically. The shutter on the pouring cylinder shall be closed during this operation. The shutter shall then be opened and sand allowed to run out into the hole. The pouring cylinder and the surrounding area shall not be vibrated during this period. When no further movement of sand takes place the shutter shall be closed. The cylinder shall be removed and weighed to the nearest gram ( W, ) ( see Note ) .
( at least three ) NOTE It is necessary to make a number of repeated determination3 and to average the results, since the dry density of the soil varies appreciably from p>int to point. The number of determinations should b: such that an additional on: wxld make no significant difference to the average.

5. CALCULAllONS
5.1 The weight of sand ( W, ) in g, required to fill the calibrating container shall be calculated from the following formula: w, = w, where w, = weight of pouring cylinder and sand before pouring into calibrating container in g, W 8= mean weight of cylinder with residual sand after pouring into calibrating container and cone in g, and W, = mean weight of sand in cone in g. 5.2 The bulk density of the sand ( y, ) in kg/m3 shall be calculated the formula:
YS =

w, -

w,

from

x 1000

where V = volume of calibrating container in ml.

5.3 The weight of sand ( W, ) in g, required to fill the excavated hole shall be calculated from the following formula: w, w, w, w,
( recond r&ion ).

*Methodsof tut for soils: Part II Determinationof water content 12

IS 2 2720 ( Part XXVIII ) - 1974 where W, = weight of cylinder and sand before pouring into hole in g, W. = weight of cylinder and sand after pouring into hole and cone in g, and W, = mean weight of sand in cone in g. 5.4 The bulk density Yb, that is, the weight of the wet soil per cubic mctre shall be calculated from the following formula:

where
W,,, = weight of soil excavated in g,

wb = weight of sand required to fill the hole in g, and Y* = bulk density of sand in kg/ma. 5.5 The dry density ya, that is, the weight of the dry soil shall be calculated from the following formula: kg/ma Yd = 100 + w or
Yd = $
1OOYD

x y, kg/ma

where w = water content of the soil in percent,


W, = weight of dry soil from the hole in g, and W, = weight of sand required to fill the hole in g.

6. REPORTING

OF RESULTS

6.1 The following values shall be reported:


a) Dry density of soil in kg/m3 to the nearest whole number. The dry density may also be calculated and reported in g/ems correct to the second place of decimal. b) Water content of the soil in percent reported to two significant figures. 6.2 The method used for obtaining the test results shall be stated as the small pouring cylinder method. The use of steel core cutter, if made, shall also be mentioned. 6.3 The results of the test shall be recorded suitably. A recommended pro forma for the record of the test results is given in Appendix A. 13

IS : 2720 ( Part XXVIII

) - 1974

SECTION

AND

COARSE-GRAINED POURING CYLINDER

METHOD

SUITABLE

SOILS: LARGE METHOD

FOR FINE-, MEDIUM-

7. SCOPE
covers the determination, in-place, of the dry density ( in g/cm3 or kg/m3 ) of natural or compacted soil containing stones which This is an alternative make the test of Section 1 difficult to perform. method of test to Section 1 for fine- and medium-grained soils and should be used instead of that test for layers exceeding 150 mm but not exceeding 250 mm in thickness ( see Note under 1.1 ). 8. APPARATUS 8.1 Large Sand-Pouring that shown in Fig. 1. Cylinder -similar in the essential details to

7.1 This method

suitable tools, such as bent spoon, 8.2 Tools for Excavating Holesdibber (see Fig. 3), large screw driver, pointed steel rod about 300 mm long and 5 to 10 mm dia with a wooden handle. 8.3 Cylindrical Calibrating Container - with internal diameter of 200 mm and an internal depth of 250 mm ( see Note 1 under 4.2.2 ) of the type illustrated in Fig. 6 fitted with a Range 75 mm wide and about The volume of the container 5 mm thick surrounding the open end. should be given to an accuracy of 0.15 percent. 8.4 Balance-accurate to 1 g. surface about 600 mm

8.5 Plane Surface - a glass plate or other plane square and 10 mm thick or larger.

8.6 Metal Containers-to collect the excavated soil and to take the supply of sand to fill the pouring cylinder. This may be provided with a suitable cover. 8.7 Metal Tray with Central Hole -a

and 50 mm deep with a 200 mm dia hole in the centre.


(SAND)

metal

tray

450

mm

square

9. MATERIAL

9.1 Clean, uniformly graded natural retained on the 600-micron IS Sieve organic matter, and shall have been period to allow its water content to humidity ( ice Note under 3.1 ).

sand passing the l*OO-mm IS Sieve and shall be used. It shall be free from oven dried and stored for a suitable reach equilibrium with atmospheric 14

IS:272G(Pati XXVIII)-1974
350 9

200 @
rFLAT SURFACE

F 1

design has been found satisfactory, but alternative Ncrral -This employed, provided that the essential requirements arc fulfilled. NOTE 2 Essential dimensions are underlined. on essential dimensions f0.I mm. NATE 3 -Tolerance

designs may. be

All dimensions in milliietres. FIG.

CALIBRATING CONTAINER FOR USE WITH LARGE POURING CYLINDERAND IN THE HAND SCOOP METHOD

10. PROCEDURE 10.1 Calibration ofApparatms 10.1.1The method described in 10.1.1.1 to 10.1.1.4 shall be followed for the determination of the weight of sand in the cone of the pouring cylinder. 10.1.1.1 The pouring cylinder shall be filled with a given initial weight of sand ( WI ) . This weight shall be maintained constant throughout the tests for which the calibration is used ( see Note ). A volume of sand equivalent to that of the excavated hole in the soil ( or equal to that 15

I : 2720 ( Part XXVIXI ) - 1974


of the calibrating container ) shall be allowed to run out of the pouring cylinder under gravity. The shutter on the pouring cylinder shall then be closed and the cylinder placed on the plane surface.
NOTE -The total weight of the pouring cylinder and sand is large., so that the method of filling and weighing is to weigh the sand in two or three contamers and tip it into the pouring cylinder before using. Care shall be taken to see that the same constant initial weight as is used in calibrating the apparatus is used for each density measurement. Sufficient sand should be used to leave about 4 to 5 kg of sand in the pouring cylinder after the test is completed.

10.1.1.2 The shutter on the pouring cylinder shall be opened and sand allowed to run out. When no further movement of sand takes place in the cylinder the shutter shall be closed and the cylinder removed carefully. 10.1.1.3 The sand that has filled the cone of the pouring cylinder shall be collected and weighed to the nearest 0.1 percent of its total weight. 10.1.1.4 These measurements and mean weight ( W, ) taken. shall be repeated at least three times

10.1.2 The method described in 10.1.2.1 to 10.1.2.3 shall be followed for the determination of the bulk density of the sand ( y, ). 10.1.2.1 The internal volume ( V) in ml of the calibrating shall be determined by the weight of water contained in the when filled to the brim ( see Note under 10.2.2 ). container container

10.1.2.2 The calibrating container should stand on a large tray during the procedure to collect the sand overflowing from the cone wheti the cylinder is removed. The pouring cylinder shall be placed concentrically ?n the top of the calibrating container and filled with the constant weight of sand ( W, ) as in 10.1.1.1. The shutter on the pouring cylinder shall be closed during this operation. The shutter shall be opened and the sand allowed to run out. When no further movement of the sand takes place in the cylinder the shutter shall be closed. The pouring cylinder shall be removed and the sand remaining in it weighed to the nearest O-1 percent of its initial weight. 10.1.2.3 These measurements shall be repeated at least three and the mean weight ( W, ) taken ( see Note under 4.1.2.3 ). 10.2 The method given in measurement of soil density.
is to be tested shall be exposed

times, for the

10.2.1

to

10.2.4

shall

be followed

10.2.1.

A flat area, approximately 60 cm, at the place at which the soil and trimmed down to a level surface.

10.2.2 The metal tray with a central hole shall be laid on the prepared surface of the soil with the hole over the portion of the soil to be tested. The hole in the soil shall then be excavated using the hole in the tray as a pattern, to the depth of the layer to be tested up to a maximum of 250 16

IS : 2720( Part XXVIII ) - 1974 ( seeNote ). The excavated soil shall be carefully collected, leaving no loose material in the hole, and weighed to the nearest gram ( W, ). The metal tray shall be removed before the pouring cylinder is placed in position over the excavated hole.
NOTE - If for any reason it is necessary to excavate holes to depths other than 250 mm the calibrating container should be replaced by one, the depth of which is the same as the hole excavated or its effective depth reduced to that of the hole excavated.

10.2.3 A representative sample of the excavated soil shall be placed in an air-tight container and its water content ( w ) determined by the method specified in IS : 2720 ( Part II )-1973*.
10.2.4 The pouring cylinder filled with the constant weight of sand ( W, ) as in 10.1.1.1, shall be placed so that the base of the cylinder covers the hole concentrically. The shutter on the pouring cylinder shall be closed during this operation. The shutter shall then be opened and sand allowed to run out. When no further movement of the sand takes place the shutter shall be closed. The cylinder shall be removed and the sand remaining in it weighed to the nearest 0.1 percent of its initial weight ( W, ) ( set Note under 4.2.4 ). 11.

CALCULATIONS
shall be done as laid down in 5.

11.1 The calculations

11.2 For medium- and coarse-grained soils containing appreciable gravel fraction ( plus 4.75-mm IS Sieve ) the water content and dry density shall be determined as given in Appendix B.

12. REPORTING

OF RESULTS
that the method pouring cylinder

12.1 The results shall be reported as specified in 6 except used for obtaining the test results shall be stated as large method.
12.2 The

pro firma

results of the test shall be recorded suitably. A recommended for the record of test results is given in Appendix A.

*Methods of tat for soils: Part II Determination of water content ( ~econdfev&rc ).

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APPENDIX

( Clauses 6.3 and 12.2 )


DETERMINATION OF DRY DENSITY OF SOIL, IN-PLACE, BY SAND REPLACEMENT ( SmaU Pouring Cylinder/Large Pouring Cylinder ) A-l. The test results for the two methods,
namely, small pouring cylinder and large pouring Gylinder may be tabulated as given below using the appropriate symbols and words in each case: Project: Location:. State whether steel core cutter was used. Tested by: Date:

Calibration
1. Mean weight of sand in cylinder ) ( W, ), in g cone ( of pouring

2. Volume

of calibrating

container

( V ), in ml

3. Weight pouring

of (

sand

( + cylinder )

before

WI ), in g
of sand ( + cylinder ) after

4. Mean weight pouring ( W,

), in g
container

5. Weight ( w, =

of sand to fill calibrating WI - W, -- W, ), in g

6. Bulk density of sand y, =$

1000 kg/m3

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IS : 2720 ( Part XXVIII Measurement


1. Determination 2. Weight 3. Weight _ 4. Weight (
W4 1,

) - 1974

of Soil Density
No.

of wet soil from hole ( W, ), in g of sand ( + of sand ( +


in g

cylinder cylinder

) before pouring ) after pouring

( W, ), in g

5. Weight in g

of sand in hole ( W, =

WI- W,-

W, ),

6. Bulk density 7. Water 8. Weight nation, 9. Weight 10. Water content

ya =2

x yr kg/m No. determi-

container

of soil for water content in g of oven dried soil, in g content ( w ), percent sw kg/m

11. Dry density yd =

APPENDIX ( Ckruse 11.2 )

DETERMINATION OF WATER CONTENT AND DRY DENSITY OF MEDIUM- AND COARSE-GRAINED SOILS CONTAINING APPRECIABLE GRAVEL FRACTION ( PLUS +75-mm IS SIEVE ) B-l. IN-PLACE BULK DENSITY
bulk 2. density ( yb ) of the soil shall be determined as

B-l.1 The in-place described in Section B-2.

PROCEDURE FOR DETERMINATION WATER CONTENT


the

OF VOLUME

AND
removed fraction

B-2.1 After obtaining


from the hole,

the wet weight ( W, ) of the total material soil shall be separated into plus 4.75-mm 19

IS : 2720 ( Part XXVIII

) - 1974
IS Sieve. T?_is
IS

( gravel) and minus 4.75 mm fraction by the 4*75-mm should be done rapidly to avoid loss of water.

NOTE - If this test is for construction control, the fraction passing the 475mm Sieve should be placed in an air-tight container for further tests.

B-2.2 The fraction retained on the 4*75-mm IS Sieve ( gravel ) shall be washed on the sieve using a minimum of water, blotted dry with a towel to a wet surface-dry condition and weighed ( W, ). b2.3 The volume of the gravel ( V, ) in a wet surface-dry condition, shall then be determined by displacement of water from a siphon-container from which the over-flow can be measured, or by weighing in air and in water. The specific gravity ( G, ) of the gravel particles should then be computed.
NOTE- For construction control, the volume of gravel need not be measured every time a test is made. After several tests have shown that the specific gravity of the gravel from a particular source is virtually constant, the specific gravity may be assumed and the volume computed.

B-2.4 The wet gravel ( W, ) shall be placed in an oven and weight and water content ( w, ) shall be determined.

the oven-dry

B-2.5 The water content ( w, ) in percent of the soil fraction passing the 4.75-mm IS Sieve shall also be determined by oven-drying a representative sample. B-3. CALCULATIONS calculations bulk should be carried = out as follows: W, Volume of hole Y,

B-3.1 Further

a) In-place

density ya

b) Wet weight of minus 4*75-mm

c) V&ne

of minus 4*75-mm

soil = W, - W, = Volume of hole soil soil = s (a) w,/lOO

d) Wet density of minus4*75-mm e) Dry weight of minus 4*75-mm f) Dry density of minus 4*75-mm g) Dry weight of ( soil + gravel ) h) Water content material, percent j) total ( wT)

soil = -p 1 + soil = =

(c) 1 + WJIOO

material

W, f

(dj
x 100 100

of total

= _!%_cf, (f) x

Percentage of gravel in the =w)I material on a dry weight basis (f) =

k) Dry density of the total material 20

1 + rur-/lOO

IS t 2720 ( Part XXVIlI


*i Continued from page 2 ) iW.hnbcrs SHRIH. K. &HA
&iRr

) - 1974

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