Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory

Geotechnical Laboratory Facilities and Capabilities

List of equipment available

1.    Soil Moisture Content Testing Apparatus

2.    Specific Gravity Determination Apparatus

3.    Standard Sieve sets

4.    Hydrometer Analysis (Hydrometer, Mixer)

5.    Liquid Limit Test Apparatus

6.    Plastic Limit Test Apparatus

7.    Modified Proctor’s Compaction Test Equipment

8.    Sand Cone method Tools, Ottawa sand, Balance

9.    Unconfined Compression Test Machine

10.  Direct Shear Test Machine

11.  Triaxial Shear Test Machine

12.  Consolidation Test Machine

Capabilities

Equipment 1:  Soil Moisture Content Testing Apparatus

This equipment allows determination of soil moisture content using tools such as  Cans, Oven, and Balance.

Equipment 2:  Specific Gravity Determination Apparatus

The equipment is meant to demonstrate the determination of specific gravity of soil and gravel specimens using apparatus: Volumetric Flask, Balance and Oven.

Equipment 3:  Standard Sieve sets

The equipment is to support experimental determination of the quantity and percentage of sand, gravel and boulders in a given soil sample by conducting sieve analysis.

Equipment 4:  Hydrometer Analysis (Hydrometer, Mixer)

The equipment (Hydrometer and Mixer) allows testing of soil to determining fine grained soils contents such as clay particles in a given soil specimen.

Equipment 5:   Liquid Limit Test Apparatus

This Liquid Limit Test apparatus allows measurement liquid limit of  a given soil specimen by conducting test using Casagrande Liquid Limit Device, and Tools.

Equipment 6:   Plastic Limit Test Apparatus

This test apparatus allows measurement of plastic limit of a given soil specimen by conducting test using Glass Plate, Cans, Spatula and Oven.

Equipment 7:   Modified Proctor’s Compaction Test Equipment

This test equipment allows measurement optimum moisture content (OMC) of soil specimens.

Equipment 8:   Sand Cone method Tools, Ottawa sand, Balance

This equipment allows measurement of “Field Unit Weight” compacted soil mass and its moisture content.

Equipment 9:   Unconfined Compression Test Machine

This equipment allows determination of unconfined compression strength of soil and its shear strength.

Equipment 10:   Direct Shear Test Machine

This equipment allows measurement of shear strength of sand and determination of angle of friction.

Equipment 11:   Triaxial Shear Test Machine

This equipment can be used for research and conventional testing for determining shear strength parameters.  It has the capability to carry out test on a compacted or on an undisturbed soil samples to conduct tests under different conditions of consolidation (consolidated and unconsolidated soil tests) and different conditions of drainage (drained or undrained conditions).  Measurement of shear strength of soil and the stress-strain behavior and failure can be determined.

Equipment 12:   Consolidation Test Machine

This equipment can be used for research and conventional testing to determine soil parameters relating to settlement properties and behavior.  It can be used to estimate both the magnitude and the time rate of settlement.

 

 

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