Chapter 5, Problem 5.7P

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Textbook Problem

Classify the following soils using the Unified soil classification system. Give the group symbols and the group names.

To determine

Find the classification of the given soil using unified soil classification system and give the group symbols and group names.

Explanation

**Calculation:**

For soil A:

Determine the fine fraction as shown below.

Substitute 3 % for percent retained on No.200 sieve in Equation (1).

Determine the coarse fraction as shown below.

Substitute 3 % for percent retained on No.200 sieve in Equation (2).

Determine the gravel fraction as shown below.

Substitute 94 % for percent passing No.4 sieve in Equation (3).

Determine the sand fraction using the relation.

Substitute 94 % for percent retained on No.4 sieve and 3 % for percent retained on No.200 sieve in Equation (4).

The grains passing through No. 4 Sieve is greater than 50 %. Hence, the soil is a sandy soil.

Sketch the grain size distribution curve as shown in Figure 1.

Refer to Figure 1.

The diameter of the particle corresponding to

The diameter of the particle corresponding to

The diameter of the particle corresponding to

Calculate the uniformity coefficient

Substitute

Calculate the coefficient of gradation

Substitute

Refer Table 5.2 “Unified soil classification system” in the text book.

The group symbol of the soil can be taken as

Provide the group name of soil as shown below.

The gravel fraction 6 % is

Refer Figure 5.4 “Flowchart group names for gravelly and sandy soil” in the text book.

Take the group name as poorly graded sand for the group of SP and gravel fraction of

Thus, the classification of soil A using unified soil classification system is

For soil B:

Determine the fine fraction as shown below.

Substitute 10 % for percent retained on No.200 sieve in Equation (1).

Determine the coarse fraction as shown below.

Substitute 10 % for percent retained on No.200 sieve in Equation (2).

Determine the gravel fraction as shown below.

Substitute 98 % for percent passing No.4 sieve in Equation (3).

Determine the sand fraction using the relation.

Substitute 98 % for percent retained on No.4 sieve and 10 % for percent retained on No.200 sieve in Equation (4).

The grains passing through No. 4 Sieve is greater than 50 %. Hence, the soil is a sandy soil.

The fine fraction 10 % is lies between 5 % to 12 %. Hence, the symbol of soil is a dual symbol.

Refer to Figure 1.

The diameter of the particle corresponding to

The diameter of the particle corresponding to

The diameter of the particle corresponding to

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