Co-efficient of permeability is evaluated using Darcy’s law which states that the rate of flow of a liquid through a porous medium is directly proportional to hydraulic gradient across it, subject to the conditions that the flow is steady, laminar and the soil is saturated. IS:2720 (part XVII) recommends two methods for laboratory determination of permeability viz. (i) Constant Head Method (ii) Variable Head Method. The first method is for sandy soils and the second for silts and clays. The maximum particle size in the specimen is restricted to 10 mm and the coefficient of permeability should be in between 10-3 to 10-7 cm/Sec. for the results to be dependable.
It comprises :-
Suitable for both constant head as well as falling head permeability tests. The apparatus consists of :-
Suitable for high pressure permeability tests on soil and rock cores. Comprises :
The unit is ideal for determining co-efficient of permeability of granular soils by a constant head method and under conditions of laminar flow of water. The unit is suitable for disturbed granular soil containing less than 10% soil passing through 75 micron sieve.
The apparatus consists of a acrylic chamber with approximate diameter of 350mm and length about 600mm, plugged at both ends by porous plates. Monometer is provided for head measurement between two points in the acrylic chamber. Arrangement is also provided for constant head.
Permeability System As per ASTM D5084 The apparatus consists of a control panel with three lines each for In-effluent line Effluent line and Cell pressure line. Push in valves are provided in each line to set and measure pressure either on digital display or on master gauge. It has provision for additional modules with three lines for each cell. One module is for one cell.
The apparatus consists of a control panel with three lines each for
Each cell has a chamber with stainless steel base and aluminium top. Stainless steel base is resistive to toxic materials. Acrylic pedestal accommodates different sizes of specimens. 70 mm pedestal is supplied as standard with the unit.
The control panel has a digital readout pressure meter, a vacuum supply gauge, a master vacuum regulator, De-aired water tank controls.