King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING

 

CE 353-51

 

Geotechnical Engineering I - Laboratory

 

First Semester 2003-2004 (031)

M 2:10-5:10

1-139

 

Instructor: Dr. Naser A. Al-Shayea

Office: Bldg. 16-134, Phone: 2480

 

Text: "Geotechnical Engineering & Soil Testing,"

by Al-Khafaji & Andersland, 1992.

 

 

LABORATORY REQUIREMENTS

 

Thirteen experiments will be conducted in this course. For each experiment, the student is expected to do the following:

 

1. READ CAREFULLY THE LABORATORY MANUAL (TEXT) FOR THE EXPERIMENT THAT WILL BE PERFORMED. THIS SHOULD BE DONE ONE OR TWO DAYS PRIOR TO EACH LABORATORY SESSION.

 

2. Participate in each experiment as much as possible. It is anticipated that the class will be divided into groups, each consists of about three students. This, in effect, will enable all of you to take part in the activities of these experiments. Each group should have a representative or a group leader.

 

3. At the end of each experiment, clean all the equipment and tools used. In addition, these equipment and tools should be placed in their designated area. The group leader is responsible for the cleaning and the safety of the equipment assigned to the group.

 

4. During each experiment, the test data should appear in a suitable, clear and neat form. Substantial errors can occur due to unorganized laboratory data.

 

5. Prepare a laboratory report. In addition to the cover page (which will be supplemented to the students), the format of each report should be as follows:

 

i) Introduction: Using your own expression, write a brief introduction to the experiment in not more than one page.

 

ii) Purpose : State the purpose of the experiment.

 

iii) Apparatus : List the equipment and tools used to perform the experiment.

 

 

 

 

 

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iv) Procedure : Outline the procedure used with appropriate reference to the text or manual being followed. You should mention any deviations from the referenced procedure.

 

v) Results : The results should be presented in a neat form, such as tables and/or graphs. You must use suitable graph papers for plotting these graphs, or use the computer.

 

vi) Discussion

of Results : Discuss the findings of each experiment and point out the probable errors involved in the results. Comparison between the calculated results and those established previously, if available, should be made.

 

vii) Appendix : (1) Provide raw data of the experiment.

 

(2) Show sample calculations. It is not necessary to show
all the detailed calculations. One typical calculation is
enough.

 

(3) State all the references used to write the report.

 

Reports should be written on standard 8 11 or A4 sheets. All the sheets in the report should be of the same size. Use Laboratory Data Sheets provided in the Laboratory Manual or use clean copies of these sheets. Write your reports in a well-organized, readable manner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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The following is the experiment-time schedule. The reports should be submitted at the beginning of the next experiment.

 

 

Date

 

Title of Experiment

Reading

Assignment

(Page No.)

 

Report No.

22/9/2003

Specific gravity

493-497

1

 

 

 

 

29/9/2003

Grain-size analysis (Sieve Analysis)

472-481

2

 

 

 

 

6/10/2003

Grain-size analysis (Hydrometer Analysis)

482-492

2

 

 

 

 

13/10/2003

Atterberg limits

507-525

3

 

 

 

 

20/10/2003

Moisture-Density Relationship and

Relative Density Determination

530-544

 

4

 

 

 

 

27/10/2003

Field density measurement

545-558

5

 

 

 

 

3/11/2003

California Bearing Ratio (CBR) test

Handouts

6

 

 

 

 

10/11/2003

Permeability

559-567

7

 

 

 

 

1/12/2003

Consolidation

568-584

8

 

 

 

 

8/12/2003

Direct shear test

585-590

9

 

 

 

 

15/12/2003

Unconfined compression test

591-598

10

 

 

 

 

22/12/2003

Triaxial compression test

(Drained test on cohesionless soil)

612-619

11

 

 

 

 

29/12/2003

Triaxial compression test

(Undrained test)

598-611

12

 

 

 

 

5/1/2004

Review

 

 

 

Tentative Grading: 35% Laboratory Reports

30% Mid-Term Examination

30% Final Examination

5% Laboratory Activity and Attendance

 

REMARKS:

 

1. All reports SHOULD be submitted at the beginning of the next laboratory session.

2. No late reports will be accepted.

3. Nobody should work during Al-Asr Prayer time.

4. One point will be deducted for each absence.