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 following data are for a falling-head permeability test:

• Length of the soil sample = 400 mm

• Area of the soil sample = 7854 mm2

• Diameter of the standpipe = 11 mm

• At time t = 0, head difference = 450 mm

• At time t = 8 min, head difference = 200 mm

If the test was conducted at 20°C at which γw = 9.789 kN/m3 and η = 1.005 × 10−3 N · s/m2,

a. Determine the absolute permeability of the soil (cm/sec).

b. What was the head difference at t = 4 min?


To determine

Find the absolute permeability of the soil.


Given information:

The length of the soil sample L is 400 mm.

The area of the sample A is 7,854mm2.

The diameter of the standpipe (d) is 11 mm.

The head difference (h1) at t=0 is 450 mm.

The head difference  (h2) at t=8min is 200 mm.

The unit weight of water (γw) is 9.789kN/m3.

The dynamic viscosity of water (η) is 1.005×103Ns/m2.


Determine the area of the standpipe a using the relation.


Substitute 11 mm for d.


Determine the hydraulic conductivity k using the relation.


Substitute 95.03mm2 for a, 400 mm for L, 7,854mm2 for A, 8 min for t, 450 mm for h1, and 200 mm for h2.



To determine

Find the head difference at 4 min time duration.

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