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DIRECT SHEAR TEST

1. INTRODUCTION

The test is carried out on either undisturbed samples or remolded samples. To facilitate the remolding purpose, a soil sample may be compacted at optimum moisture content in a compaction mould. Then specimen for the direct shear test could be obtained using the correct cutter provided. Alternatively, sand sample can be placed in a dry state at a required density, in the assembled shear box.

A normal load is applied to the specimen and the specimen is sheared across the predetermined horizontal plane between the two halves of the shear box. Measurements of shear load, shear displacement and normal displacement are recorded. The test is repeated foe two or more identical specimens under different normal loads. From the results, the shear strength parameters can be determined.

2. OBJECTIVE

To determine the parameter of shear strength of soil, cohesion, c and angle of friction, ø.

3. THEORY

The general relationship between maximum shearing resistance, Շf and normal stress, σn for soils can be represented by the equation and known as Coulomb’s Law:

Graph of Shear Stress vs Normal Stress . which is due to the interlocking of the particles and the friction between them when subjected to normal stress τf = shearing resistance of soil at failure σf = total normal stress on failure plane The friction components increase with increasing normal stress but the cohesion components remains constant. its inclination to the horizontal axis being equal to the angle of shearing resistance of the soil. denoted by c. If there is no normal stress the friction disappears. This relationship shown in the graph below. Ø and its intercept on the vertical (shear stress) axis being the apparent cohesion. which is due to internal forces holding soil particles together in a solid mass Ø = friction. f  c   tan  where: c = cohesion. This graph generally approximates to a straight line.

Shear box carriage Loading page Perforated plate. 4. 6. Grease. TEST EQUIPMENTS 1. Shear box carriage. 2. Porous plate. Perforated plate. Porous plate. Retaining plat Grease . Loading pad. Retaining plate. 3.4. 5.

Internal measurement is verify by using vernier calipers. Then porous plate is put on the base plate.5. The correct loading is applied to the hanger pad. Perforated grid plate is fitted over porous so that the grid plates should be at right angles to the direction shear. For sandy soil. The loading yoke is placed on the loading pad and carefully lift the hanger onto the top of the loading yoke. 6. Base plate is fixed inside the shear box. the soil sample is transfer from square specimen cutter to the shearbox by pressing down on the top grid plate. Two halves of the shear box is fixed by means of fixing screws. PROCEDURES 1. 2. The length of the sides. compact soil in layers to the required density in shear box. B. The dial is set of the proving ring to zero 7. . Mount the shear box assembly on the loading frame. 5. For cohesive soils. 8. 4. 3. L and the overall depth.

Rate strain should be 0. 10.5kg and 3. Readings of horizontal is recorded and force dial gauges at regular intervals. 12. Carefully the screws clamping the upper half is removed to the lower half.9. 1. Conduct test on three identical soil samples under different vertical compressive stresses. The test is conducted by applying horizontal shear load to failure. 2.75kg.2mm/min 11.2kg .

0 60 3.9 5.2 19.6 12 0.7 14.3 40.3 14.0 12.7 39.0 40 2.8 36 2.1 6.0 RESULT AND CALCULATION Specimen No .6. 1 Loading : 1.0 28.2 11.3 35.0 26.2 12.3 Shear stress (KN/m2) (x 10-3) 8.75 kg × 9.2 39.6×10-3m2 Proving ring Load.1 33.7 13.9 38.6 32 1.3 31.9 8.0 66.017 kN 1kg 1000N Length : 60mm = 0.2 64 Dial gauge 14 25 34 41 44 50 55 59 63 65 67 69 70 70 70 70 .7 73.3 14.0 20 1.8 16 1.7 39.06m × 0.2 24 1.7 93.4 48 2.3 80.7 Displacement Dial ∆L (mm)(X10-4) gauge 0.0 86.8 56 3.7 39.6 52 2.1 39.75 kg 1.7 Strain (x 10-6) 6.4 8 0.7 33.0 106.3 14.0 10.3 20.7 53.1 14.3 60.2 4 0.3 13.4 28 1.4 9.1 14.8 36.06m = 3. P (kN) (x 10-5) 2.9 13.06m Area : 0.81 N × _1kN_ = 0.0 46.2 23.2 44 2.3 100.3 25.

06m Area : 0.6 12 0.4 18.3 46.0 20 1.7 18.0 46.8 57.2 24 1.0 86.0 33.2 4 0. 2 Loading : 2.8 57.2 14.7 33.81 N × _1kN_ = 0.8 20.7 13.8 Shear stress (KN/m2) (x 10-3) 11.2 55.0 26.5 kg 2.3 60.0 66. P (kN) (x 10-5) 4.7 73.5 5.3 80.4 48 2.7 .4 52.8 19.4 28 1.8 36 2.8 20.4 8 0.9 40.06m = 3.4 20.3 20.025 kN 1kg 1000N Length : 60mm = 0.8 20.8 Strain (X 10-6) 6.1 26.2 44 2.5 kg × 9.06m × 0.8 57.6 32 1.1 6.Specimen No.6 52 Dial gauge 20 32 28 60 71 82 92 97 100 102 102 102 102 Proving ring Load.7 12.8 16 1.6×10-3m2 Displacement Dial ∆L (mm)(X10-4) gauge 0.7 57.0 56.8 20.7 53.0 40 2.3 40.5 16.

0 40 2.5 24. P (kN) (x10-5) 5.3 78.0 Displacement Dial ∆L (mm)(X10-4) gauge 0.0 20 1.2 4 0.2 24 1.3 78.3 Strain (X 10-6) 6.3 27.8 65.2 Shear stress (KN/m2) (x 10-3) 15.7 9.8 23.7 25.2 28.2 28.7 73.4 77.6 12 0.0 66.3 78.7 33.9 28.6 32 1.8 56 3.3 68.9 20.7 13.4 8 0.2 44 2.25 kg × 9.3 40.7 53.6 71.06m × 0.0 60 Dial gauge 28 47 64 88 102 115 121 127 134 135 137 138 138 138 138 .7 36.7 93.25 kg 3.3 80.032 kN 1kg 1000N Length : 60mm = 0.0 46.06m Area : 0.6 52 2.5 27.0 86.06m = 3.3 Loading : 3.2 28.3 100.8 16 1.4 49.9 75.6×10-3m2 Proving ring Load.8 76.Specimen No.3 20.5 78.6 13.8 36 2.3 60.1 17.81 N × _1kN_ = 0.4 48 2.9 27.7 57.4 28 1.0 26.8 26.

1×10-3 kN/m2 4.002 = 0.Sample Calculation 1.06 m = 8.00204/1000 Area = 14(0.2 mm dial gauge) = displacement / total length = 4 x 10-4 mm / 60 mm = 6. Shear stress (0. Strain (0.06 m x 0. Proving ring = dial gauge x 0.00204/1000 = 2.2 mm dial gauge) = Dail gauge x 0.00204/1000 = 14 x 0.002 = 4 x 10-4 mm 2.9×10-5 kN 3.7×10-6 .00204)/1000 kN 0. Displacement = dial gauge x 0.2 x 0.

A = _0.032 kN______ 0.06m = 4.1 cm 4.25 kg load = 0.7 kN / m2 b) For 2.06m × 0.4 cm Tan ϕ = 3.5. = Load . Normal Stress.9kN / m2 6.75kg load.06m × 0.017 kN___ 0. ( kN/ mm2 ) a) For 1.06m = 8.4 Φ = 35ᵒ .1 / 4.5 kg load = 0.9 kN / m2 c) For 3. P Area.025 kN_____ 0. 3.06m = 6.06m × 0.

The graph will gained us to value of friction angle. The failure that occurs is along a single surface. It is simple and fast especially for sands.75kg. The angle of friction is the angle of the linear line produced (line’s slope).0 DISCUSSION The direct shear test is suited to the relatively rapid determination of the the parameter of the shear strength of soil. The cohesion of soil and the angle of friction of soil are determined. the angle of friction is 35°.5 kg and 3. which is the graph of shear stress versus strain. to find the value of cohesion and also to find the angle of friction. Form the graph. From the graph. the cohesion of soil is 0. The value obtained from the dial gauge showed increases directly. (Refer to the graph). 2. As we know that sand is type of coarse grained soil and it is assume cohesion less.7.0 kN/m2 as the sample of soil used is sand. At these 3 samples which are 1. At the end of result we had plot the graph. This is because the dial gauge reading has increased the time by the time. which approximates observed slips or shear type failure in natural soils .The direct shear test has advantages and disadvantages.25kg there are no error data obtained.

we must plot the graph from the data that we get from the experiment. The direct shear test can be used to measure the effective stress parameters of any type of soil as long as the pore pressure induced by the normal force and the shear force can dissipate with time. and the horizontal deformation shall be recorded by using the dial gage. it is merely necessary to have a suitable strain rate so that the pore pressure can dissipate with time. The two portions of the box are spaced by using spacing screws to reduce the friction. The space should be at least as large as the largest sand particle. in the case of highly plastic clays. The results of the tests on each specimen are plotted on a graph with the peak (or residual) stress on the x-axis and the confining stress on the y-axis. The y-intercept of the curve which fits the test results is the cohesion. fixed at the base with the top free to translate under a horizontal force. The sample is normally saturated before the test is run. For each test shear stress-strain diagram is drawn in order to find out the ultimate stress. and the slope of the line or curve is the friction angle. In this test the failure plane is forced to occur at a predetermined location where both normal and shear stresses are acting. However. . the sample is placed in a closed shear box. Before we find the value of cohesion and friction angle. and increasing horizontal load is applied with constant corresponding vertical load. Direct shear tests can be performed under several conditions.8. For the experiment we use the clean sands as a sample. so there is no problem as the pore pressure dissipates readily.0 CONCLUSION Direct shear test is useful when cohesion less soils are to be tested. then the shear failure envelope is drawn by relating each ultimate shear stress to the normal stress corresponding to it in at least three tests. The box is then placed in the direct shear apparatus. The test can be run at the in-situ moisture content.

The direction of the plate is moving oppositely which is occur to friction.9.0 QUESTIONS Question 1 a. Why perforated plate in this test with teeth? Plate with teeth is used to increase fiction and to produce a grip forces between the plate and the sample and assists in distributing the shear stress evenly. .

axis and the confining stress on the y. The yintercept of the curve which fits the test results is the cohesion and the slope of the line or curve is the friction angle.b. Question 2 a. If we do not remove them during the test. What is the purpose of a direct shear test? Which soil properties does it measure? A direct shear test is a laboratory test used by geotechnical engineers to find the shear strength parameters of soil.axis. What maximum value of displacement before stop the test? The maximum value of displacement before stop the test is when the values from dial gauge are constant at least three times continuously or no more increase data and also when the incline value suddenly dropped so we stop the test. b) Why do we use fixing screw in this test? What happen if you do not removed them during test? We use fixing screw in this direct shear test because in order to avoid shear for happening before the experiment is carried out. . they will be no friction and the there will be no shear on the sample and thus the result will be not accurate. The results of the test are plotted on a graph with the peak stress on the x. The direct shear test measures the shear strength parameters which are the soil cohesion (c) and the angle of friction (ø).

Das. Cengage Learning. Seventh Edition.0 REFERENCE  Braja M.10. . SI Edition. Principles of Geotechnical Engneering.