Principles of Geotechnical Enginee...

9th Edition
Braja M. Das + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305970939



Principles of Geotechnical Enginee...

9th Edition
Braja M. Das + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305970939
Textbook Problem

The results of a constant-head permeability test for a fine sand sample having a diameter of 70 mm and a length of 140 mm are as follows (refer to Figure 7.5):

• Constant-head difference = 550 mm

• Water collected in 7 min = 450 cm3

• Void ratio of sand = 0.8


a. Hydraulic conductivity, k (cm/sec)

b. Seepage velocity


To determine

Find the hydraulic conductivity k.


Given information:

The diameter of the specimen d is 70 mm.

The length of the specimen L is 140 mm.

The constant head difference h is 550 mm.

The volume of water collected Q is 450cm3.

The duration of water collection t is 7 min.

The void ratio of sand e is 0.8.


Determine the area of the specimen A using the relation.


Substitute 70 mm for d.


Determine the hydraulic conductivity k using the relation.


Substitute 450cm3 for Q, 140 mm for L, 0


To determine

Find the seepage velocity.

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