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B. TECH.
FIFTH SEMESTER EXAMINATION, 2013-14
GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING I

## Time : 3 Hours Total Marks : 100

Note : (i) Attempt ALL questions.
(ii) Choices are given in each question set.

## 1. Attempt any Four of the following questions: 5 x 4 = 20

(a) Discuss the application of Geotechnical Engineering in Civil
Engineering.
(b) Derive an expression for the determination of shrinkage limit.
(c) The liquid limit, plastic limit and natural moisture content of a soil are
respectively 62%, 37% and 20%. Determine the plasticity index,
consistency index, liquidity index and toughness index if flow index
is 17%. Determine activity number if clay in soil is 44%.
(d) Derie an expression for density of soil in terms of moisture content,
void ratio, specific gravity and degree of saturation.
(e) Compute the volume of earthwork to be constructed at a void ratio
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of 0.65 from the soil having a volume of 2,21,000m at a void ratio of
1.25.
(f) During the sieve of soil it was observed that % passing on 0.075mm
sieve was 34% while that on 4.25mm sieve is 22%. The liquid limit
of soil is 35% while plastic limit is 22%. Classify the soil as ISCS.

## 2. Attempt any Four of the following questions: 5 x 4 = 20

(a) Discuss various types of soil water. What is Surface Tension?

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(b) List various methods of determining coefficient of permeability and 4. Attempt any Two of the following questions: 10 x 2 = 20
discuss constant head method. (a) What is meant by compaction? What is its significance and how is it
(c) In a falling head permeability test, the head causing flow was initially performed in the laboratory?
500mm and it drops 20mm in 5 minutes. How much time is required (b) Discuss field compaction equipments. How the type and amount of
for head to fall to 250mm? compaction affects the compaction parameters?
(d) Define coefficient of compressibility, coefficient of volume change,
(c) What are the Geosyntetics? How are they useful to improve the soil
compression index and coefficient of consolidation. The void ratio of
properties?
soil changes from an initial value of 0.86 at an overburden pressure
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of 0.7kg/cm to 0.78 at an applied pressure of 1.8kg/cm . Determine
5. Attempt any Two of the following questions: 10 x 2 = 20
the coefficient of compressibility and coefficient of volume change.
(a) Discuss causes of slope failure. What is the basic concept of slope
(e) Discuss the phenomena of consolidation with the help of Spring
Analogy. stability analysis?

(f) How will you determine the pre consolidation pressure? What do (b) Distinguish between the total and effective stress approaches of
you mean by OCR? stability analysis. Indicate the advantages and shortcomings of total
stress approach.
3. Attempt any Two of the following questions: 10 x 2 = 20
(c) Explain various types of failures of finite slopes indicating the
(a) (i) What do you understand by shear strength of soil? Determine
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the shear strength of a soil at a normal pressure of 200kN/m
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assuming cohesion as 50kN/m and angle of internal
resistance as 18.
(ii) Discuss the Mohr Coulomb theorem.
(b) (i) A specimen of fine dry sand, when subjected to a triaxial
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compression test, failed at a deviator stress of 400kN/m . It
failed with a pronounced failure plane with an angle of 24 to
the axis of sample. Compute the lateral pressure to which the
specimen would have been subjected.
(ii) List various tests to determine shear parameters. What is the
significance of Vane Shear test?
(c) (i) Discuss how the pore pressure affects the shear parameters?
How this is measured in the laboratory?
(ii) Discuss shear strength of sandy soil.

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