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1. Compaction of an embankment is carried out in 200 mm thick layers. The rammer used for compaction has a foot area of 0.05 sq. m and the energy imparted in every drop of rammer is 400 Nm. Assuming 50% more energy in each pass over the compacted area due to overlap, the number of passes required to develop compactive energy equivalent to Indian Standard light compaction for each layer would be (a) 10 (b) 16 (c) 20 (d) 26 For conducting a Standard Proctor Compaction Test, the weight of hammer (P in kg), the fall of hammer (Q in mm), the number of blows per layer (R) and the number of layers(S) required are respectively P Q R S (a) 5.89 550 50 3 (b) 4.89 450 25 3 (c) 3.60 310 35 4 (d) 2.60 310 25 3 In a standard proctor test, 1.8 kg of moist soil was filling the mould (volume = 944 cc) after compaction. A soil sample weighing 23 g was taken from the mould and overdried for 24 hours at a temperature of 1100C. Weight of the dry sample was found to be 20 g. Specific gravity of soil solids is G = 2.7. The theoretical maximum value of the dry unit weight of the soil at that water content is equal to (a) 4.67 kN/m3 (b) 11.5 kN/m3 (c) 16.26 kN/m3 (d) 18.85 kN/m3 In a compaction test, G, W, S, and e represent the specific gravity, water content, degree of saturation and void ratio of the soil sample respectively. If represents unit weight of water and represents the dry unit weight of the soil, the equation for zeroair voids line is a) b) c) d) 5. The road of stretch 10 km having width 7 m and thickness 500 mm is to be constructed with granular material. How much compaction energy is required to get compaction equivalent to the Indian standard light compaction? a) 20.76 GJ = b) 10.38 GJ c) 5.9 GJ d) 30.63 GJ 6. In standard proctor test a soil got OMC at 20%. Find out the theoretical 90 % saturation dry density ) at this water content? Take G=2.7 and a) 7. 16.87 b) 17.53 c) 15. 68 d) 18.18


A direct shear test was conducted on a cohesion-less soil (c=0) specimen under a normal stress of 200kN/m2. The specimen failed at a shear stress of 100kN/m2. The angle of internal friction of the soil (degrees) is (A) 26.6 (B) 29.5 (C) 30.0 (D) 32.6 In an unconfined compression test on stiff clay, if the failure plane made an angle of 520 to the horizontal, what would be the angle of shearing resistance? (a)160 (b)140 0 (c)12 (d)130 The effective stress friction angle of a saturated, cohesionless soil is 38 . The ratio of shear stress to normal effective stress on the failure plane is (A) 0.781 (B) 0.616 (C) 0.488 (D) 0.438





10. A soil sample tested in a tri axial compression apparatus failed when the total maximum and minimum principal stresses were 100 kPa and 40 kPa, respectively. The pore pressure measured at failure was 10 kPa. The effective principal stress ratio at failure is (a)2.5 (b)3.0 (c)2.75 (d)2.0

11. A dry sand specimen is put through a tri axial test. The cell pressure is 50 kPa and the deviator stress at failure is 100 kPa, the angle of internal friction for the sand specimen is (a)150 (b)300 (c)370 (d)450 12. In a drained tri axial compression test conducted on dry sand, failure occurred when deviator stress was 218 KN at a confining pressure of 61 KN .


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What is the effective angle of shearing resistance and inclination of failure plane to major principle plane? a) b) c) d) 13. If the principal stresses in a two dimensional case are -10 MPa and 20 MPa respectively, then maximum shear stress at the point is a) 10 MPa b) 15 MPa c) 20 MPa d) 30 MPa 14. The number of blows observed in a Standard Penetration Test (SPT) for different penetration depths are given as follows Penetration of sampler Number of blows 0-150 mm 6 150-300 8 300-450 mm 10 The observed N value is (a) 8 (b) 14 (c) 18 (d) 24 15. A test plate 30cm x 30cm resting on a sand deposit settles by 10mm under a certain loading intensity. A footing 150cm x 200cm resting on the same sand deposit and loaded to the same load intensity settles by (A) 2.0mm (B) 27.8mm (C) 3.02mm (D) 50.0mm 16. A soil sampler has inner and outer radii of 25 mm and 30 mm, respectively. The area ratio of the sampler is (a) 24% (b) 34% (c) 44% (d) 54%

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(A) 21 (B) 13 (C) 27 (D) 15 20. An unsupported excavation is made to the maximum possible depth in a clay soil having = 18 kN/m3, c = 100 kN/m3, =30 . The active earth pressure, according to Rankine's theory, at the base level of the excavation is (a) 115.47 kN/m2 (b) 54.36 kN/m2 (c) 27.18 kN/m2 (d) 13.kN/m2 21. A retaining wall retains a sand strata with = 300 up to its top. If a uniform surcharge of 12 t/m2 is subsequently put on the sand strata, then the increase in the lateral earth pressure intensity on the retaining wall will be (a) 1 t/m2 (b) 2 t/m2 (c) 4 t/m2 (d) 8 t/m2

22. Given that c= 2 t/m2, = 00 and = 2 t/m2 , the depth of tension crack developing in a cohesive soil backfill would be (a)1 m (b)2 m (c)3 m (d)4 m 23. For a sand having an interval friction of 30 , the ratio of passive to active lateral earth pressure will be (a)1 (b)3 c)6 (d)9 24. What is the intensity of active earth pressure at a depth of 10.0 m in dry sand with an angle of shearing resistance of 300 and unit weight of 18 kN/m3? (a) 50 kN/m2 (b) 60 kN/m2 2 (c)70 kN/m (d) 80 kN/m2 25. A wall with smooth vertical back and 10 meters height retains cohesion less material with a horizontal surface. The cohesion less material weighs 4.91 kN/m3 and has an angle of internal friction of 300. The total active earth pressure is a). 81.585 kN/m length of wall b). 91.585 kN/m length of wall c). 40.743 kN/m2 d). 8.158 kN/m2

17. If an SPT test gave the average blow count of 32 in fine sand below water table, then what is the corrected value of blow count? (a)22.1 (b)23.5 (c) 24.2 (d) 24.8

18. The observed value of the standard penetration number (N) at 10m depth of a silty sand deposit is 18. The unit weight of the soil is 16 kN/ . The N value after correcting for the overburden is (A) 12 (B) 13 (C) 27 (D) 15

19. The observed value of the standard penetration number (N) at 10m depth of a silty sand deposit is 18. The unit weight of the soil is 16 kN/ . The N value after correcting for the both overburden and dilatancy is


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