Useful Soil Coefficients

Previously we discussed mechanical analysis and the method of sieve analysis. This allowed us to develop the particle size distribution curve. With this curve we can find some useful parameters. They are:

  • The Uniformity Coefficient
  • The Coefficient of Gradation

Both of these parameters are used in soil classification. The Uniformity Coefficient is defined as:

The Coefficient of Gradation is defined as:


These diameters are obtained from the particle size distribution curve by going across from the percent finer, coming to the curve, and turning 90 degrees down to the abscissa to locate the diameter as seen below.

Related Posts:

Sieve Analysis

Soil Moisture Content

Specific Gravity of Soil

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Posted on July 2, 2012, in Civil Engineering, Engineering, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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