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Permeability of Soil – Features, Darcy’s Law

The property of the soil by which it permits the flow of fluid through it is called permeability of the soil. The porosity in the soil material is contributed by the presence of interstices within it. The property ...

What is Frost Action in soils and How to prevent it?

The two critical frost actions in the soil are the frost heave and the frost boil. Frost heave is the phenomenon in which the water molecules present in the pores freeze during lower temperature which results in the ...

12 Factors Influencing Bearing Capacity of Soils

The bearing capacity of soil is influenced by many factors for instance soil strength, foundation width and depth, soil weight and surcharge, and spacing between foundations. These factors are related to the loads exerted on the soil and considerably affect the bearing ...

Factor of Safety for Bearing Capacity of Soils

Factors of safety for bearing capacity is a value which is established based on the type of soil, method of exploration, level of uncertainty in soil, importance of structure and consequences of failure, and likelihood of design load ...

Important Shrinkage Parameters in Soil Engineering

The important parameters related to shrinkage limit in soil engineering are shrinkage index, shrinkage limit, volumetric shrinkage, and linear shrinkage. Each parameter is briefly explained in this article.1. Shrinkage Index ( Is )

What is Soil Suction?

Soil suction is defined as the state of the soil when it is under reduced pressure. It is measured in terms of the height of the water column (h) suspended in the soil.The main ...

How to Measure Soil Suction?

The suction in soil mass can be measured mainly by three methods namely Tensiometer method, Suction Plate method and Centrifuge Method. Each method is briefly explained below.1. Tensiometer MethodThe figure-1 ...