Empirical Equation Correlate California Bearing Ratio (CBR) with Dry Density for Granular Soil

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Empirical Equation Correlate California Bearing Ratio (CBR) with Dry Density for Granular Soil

  1. Kareem Khaleel Al Saffar1, Shamil Abdul Majeed Behaya2 Hassanean S. H. Jassim3, Harith K K Ajam4

    1,2,3,4 Department of Civil Engineering, Collage of Engineering, University of Babylon, Iraq.

    Abstract:- In this study a 12 test results of CBR test granule mixed soil was taken from soil laboratories, and a statistical method was used to find out a relationship between the CBR and dry density of the soil, desiring to obtain a straight line relationship and a formula combining the previous two variables. A reasonable straight-line relationship is obtained, and CBR could be founded directly by using the formula predicted in this study. In other hand, the laboratory time and efforts are minimized.

    Keywords: Granular soil; California Bearing Ratio (CBR); dry density; least squares methods.

    1. INTRODUCTION

      There were many soil tests, and these engineering tests were taken place for many engineering purposes and there were one or more manners to test one of the engineering features of soil (P.N.Khanna, 1979). These manners have founded because of the improvement of the used equipment and scientific progressing. (Baraja, 2007).

      C.B.R. test one of these tests which can find out the pressure act on the soil related to the California soil capacity. C.B.R. test took a large field in civil engineering designs and especially pavement designs.

      It was an empirical test found and improved by Porter, then it was used by (U.S Army Corps of engineers) in 1942 and it is considered the first test in world which gives right and considerable results, besides the pavement designs which depends C.B.R. test was practical and suitable, so it was depended by American Association of standards for Test and Materials ASTM (Leelavthamma, 2005). According to ASTM 1883 Results of the soil test completed after at least four days (ASTM, 2004).

      In this study, the data collected from the laboratory tests for maximum dry density and California Bearing Ratio (CBR) for a number of samples were taken to obtain a relationship between CBR value and the maximum dry density of granule soil. Statistical method by linear regression was used to correlate these variables in an empirical equation may be used to find out the value of CBR from the value of dry density directly to minimize the time and efforts.

    2. SAMPLING

      Twelve samples of two granular mixed soils (class C and class B) were chosen cooperated with Babylon central Laboratory and Engineering collage laboratory having a laboratory test results for their maximum dry density and corresponding California Bearing Ratio (CBR). Non real samples were excluded aiming to have realistic results. Table (1) shows sieve analysis for the soil samples and Table (2) shows the maximum dry density for the twelve samples and the corresponding CBR testing results.

      Sieve No.

      2

      100

      1

      75-95

      100

      3/8

      40-75

      50-85

      No. 4

      30-60

      35-65

      No. 8

      21-47

      26-56

      No. 50

      14-28

      14-28

      No. 200

      5-15

      5-15

      Sieve No.

      2

      100

      1

      75-95

      100

      3/8

      40-75

      50-85

      No. 4

      30-60

      35-65

      No. 8

      21-47

      26-56

      No. 50

      14-28

      14-28

      No. 200

      5-15

      5-15

      Table (1): Granular soil (sub base) mixed Class B & Class C.

      class B

      %passing

      class C

      Table (2): Maximum dry density Vs. CBR test.

      d kN/m3

      20.4

      20.6

      20.9

      21.3

      21.5

      21.8

      22.0

      22.2

      22.3

      22.5

      22.6

      22.7

      CBR

      %

      25.0

      28.5

      30.2

      33.0

      35.0

      36.2

      37.5

      39.4

      40.5

      41.8

      43.3

      45.0

    3. LINEAR REGRESSION EQUATION

      The two variables here are the maximum dry density (independent) and the CBR test result (dependent) and can be associated by plotting them on (xy) axis. Plotting line result define the relationship type whether linear (straight line) or nonlinear (curved line) if the points are scattering.

      Figure (1) shows the type of the relationship linking the two observed variables is tendency to a straight line with no or negligible scattering, so it is a linear relationship.

      50

      45

      40

      CBR %

      35

      30

      25

      20

      15

      10

      20 20.5 21 21.5 22 22.5 23

      d (kN/m3)

      Figure (1): Observed data (dry Vs. CBR).

      The statistical method can be used to fitting straight line equation objectively by least squares methods. Since that we can obtained number of lines from the data values, least squares method principle states that the series of observations can be fitting with a best line that the sum of the squares of the departures (the difference between the line and the observed data values) are at minimum. The departures of the dependent variable are usually used and the relationship has the equation:

      Y = A + b X

      This equation may be obtained by solving for A and b, the two normal equations:

      Y=n A + b X XY = A X + b X2

      where n is number of observed values of variables X and Y.

      Table (3) showing the calculations for least square method to find the best equation linking the two variable observation data, where max dry density as independent variable (X) and CBR test result as dependent variable (Y).

      Table (3): Calculations for least square equation.

      d

      CBR

      X2

      XY

      20.4

      25.0

      416.16

      510.00

      20.6

      28.5

      424.36

      587.10

      20.9

      30.2

      436.81

      631.18

      21.3

      33.0

      453.69

      702.90

      21.5

      35.0

      462.25

      752.50

      21.8

      36.2

      475.24

      789.16

      22.0

      37.5

      484.00

      825.00

      22.2

      39.4

      492.84

      874.68

      22.3

      40.5

      497.29

      903.15

      22.5

      41.8

      506.25

      940.50

      22.6

      43.3

      510.76

      978.58/p>

      22.7

      45.0

      515.29

      1021.50

      X = 260.8

      Y = 435.4

      X2 = 5674.94

      XY = 9516.25

      Y = A + b X

      2

      =

      2 ( )2

      435.4 × 5674.94 260.8 × 9516.25

      = 12 × 5674.94 (260.8)2 = 132.734

      =

      2 ( )2

      =

      12 × 9516.25 260.8 × 435.4

      12 × 5674.94 (260.8)2 = 7.777

      = 132.734 + 7.777

      = 7.777 132.734 . (1)

      Straight line equation (1) represent the relation between the maximum dry density and the California Bearing Ratio (CBR) of granular soil and to measuring the degree of association of two linearly dependent variables of it we can used the most commonly used statistical parameter which is the correlation coefficient (r).

      Where = , = .

      ( . )

      = =

      ()2. ()2

      ( 1)

      , = standard deviations of x and y, respectively.

      ( )2

      ()2

      =

      =

      1

      1

      Also the standard error of estimate of y with respect to x which represents the scatter about the regression line can be obtained from the equation:

      . = 1 2

      Calculations to estimates the correlation coefficient and standard error of estimate are listed at Table (4) below with the error percentage for the predicted (BCR) values.

      Table (4): Calculations for correlation coefficient.

      d (x)

      Predicted BCR (y')

      (y'-y)2/y

      ()

      ()

      x y

      20.4

      25.917

      0.042

      -10.3693

      -1.45086

      107.523

      2.104983

      525.6475

      20.6

      27.472

      0.030

      -8.81393

      -1.00081

      77.68536

      1.001623

      569.558

      20.9

      29.805

      0.003

      -6.48083

      -0.78222

      42.00116

      0.611865

      624.4435

      21.3

      32.916

      0.000

      -3.37003

      -0.42218

      11.3571

      0.178237

      701.468

      21.5

      34.472

      0.005

      -1.81463

      -0.16501

      3.292882

      0.027229

      743.4798

      21.8

      36.805

      0.014

      0.51847

      -0.01071

      0.268811

      0.000115

      799.479

      22.0

      38.360

      0.025

      2.07387

      0.156448

      4.300937

      0.024476

      839.6781

      22.2

      39.915

      0.010

      3.62927

      0.400758

      13.1716

      0.160607

      883.4766

      22.3

      40.693

      0.002

      4.40697

      0.5422

      19.42138

      0.293981

      906.4457

      22.5

      42.249

      0.007

      5.96237

      0.70936

      35.54986

      0.503192

      948.1548

      22.6

      43.026

      0.001

      6.74007

      0.902236

      45.42854

      0.81403

      973.9069

      22.7

      43.804

      0.027

      7.51777

      1.12083

      56.51687

      1.256259

      1001.086

      = 260.8

      = 435.434

      Error

      0.165

      = 416.5175

      = 6.976597

      = 9516.823

      6.976597

      = = 0.796389 12 1

      416.5175

      = = 6.153473 12 1

      9516.823 12 × 21.73297 × 36.28613

      =

      (12 1) × 0.796389 × 6.153473

      = 0.9935 Correlation coefficient.

      . = 6.1534731 0.9935162 = 0.6% Standard error of estimate.

      Figure (2) shows the plot for the maximum dry density against the calculated California Bearing Ratio (CBR) from the produced straight line equation.

      50

      45

      40

      35

      CBR % 30

      25

      20

      15

      10

      20 20.5 21 21.5 22 22.5 23

      d (kN/m3)

      Figure (2): Calculated California Bearing Ratio (CBR) data, (dry Vs. CBR).

    4. DISCUSSION

  1. Referring to the Figure (1) the relationship between CBR and maximum dry density is trends to a straight line that means linear relationship.

  2. From Figure (2) CBR Can be found directly from the graph or from the line equation obtained.

  3. It is possible to use the equation obtained to determine the amount of California Bearing Ratio (CBR) of the soil by knowing its maximum dry density (d) without delay when performing a laboratory test.

  4. It can also be used in the other direction to find out the appropriate maximum dry density (d) when determining the required California Bearing Ratio (CBR) by delivering the soil to the appropriate dry density for it.

  5. The time (4days) and the effort of the CBR test according to ASTM 1883 are minimized in this study, and CBR value can be obtained directly.

  6. This study was taken place and it is might to be reasonable depending upon what the CBR test according to ASTM1883 is an empirical method to obtain CBR.

    1. CONCLUSIONS

      This study obtained a linear regression equation between California Bearing Ratio (CBR) and maximum dry density (d) for the granular soil having acceptable summation error percentage of (0.165) with correlation coefficient of (0.9935) and standard error of estimate of (0.9935%) as a following formula:

      = 7.777 132.734

      Where (CBR) is California Bearing Ratio and (d) is maximum dry density.

      The time and the efforts of finding out California Bearing Ratio (CBR) for the granular soil are minimized.

    2. RECOMMENDATIONS

      In order to obtain an equation that can be used more widely so that it can be applied to other types of soil (i.e. non granular) cover a wider range, it is recommended to increase the number of soil samples and there types.

      It is recommended to include soil particles size as another variable in more spacious concluded equation.

    3. REFERENCES:

  1. AASHO, "American Association of State Highway Officials", T.193-721, R6. 22, 2002.

  2. A.S.T.M, D422 , D558 , D559 , D698 , "American Specifications for Tests and Materials", USA, 2004.

  3. Braja M. Das, "Theoretical Foundation Engineering", January 2007, 18.

  4. Leelavathamma B, Pandian NS, "Effect of class C Flash Ash on the California Bearing Ratio Behavior of Soil- Fly Ash Mixes and Layered System M", January 2005.

  5. Prasanna Sahoo, "Probability and Mathematical Statistics", University of Louisville, USA, 2014.

  6. P.N. Khanna, "Civil Engineer's Hand book", 1979.

  7. Philip Rseinto, "Statistical Engineering", April 2011.

  8. SORB, "Standard Specification for Roads and Bridges", R6, 1984.

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