Correlation of Maximum Dry Density and Grain Size

by George P. Korfiatis, (A.M.ASCE), Grad. Research Asst.; Dept. of Civ. and Environmental Engrg., Rutgers Univ., Piscataway, N.J.; Staff Engr., Melick-Tully and Assoc., South Bound Brook, N.J.,
Constantine N. Manikopoulos, Asst. Prof.; Coll. of Engrg., Rutgers Univ., Piscataway, N.J.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 9, Pg. 1171-1176

Document Type: Journal Paper


A predictive relationship between the maximum dry density and the grain size distribution curve for noncohesive soils has been formulated. A parametric expression has been derived and the parameters have been evaluated by fitting experimental values for 43 soil samples. The results of this evaluation have indicated that the maximum dry density of a noncohesive soil can be estimated with a reasonable degree of accuracy if the grain size distribution of the soil is known.

Subject Headings: Cohesionless soils | Correlation | Grain (material) | Density (material) | Parameters (statistics) | Curvature | Soil analysis

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