# Since laboratory or field experiments are generally expensive and time consuming, geotechnical engineers often have to rely on empirical relationships to predict design parameters. Section 6.6 presents such relationships for predicting optimum moisture content and maximum dry unit weight. Let us use some of these equations and compare our results with known experimental data. The following table presents the results

Since laboratory or field experiments are generally expensive and time consuming, geotechnical engineers often have to rely on empirical relationships to predict design parameters. Section 6.6 presents such relationships for predicting optimum moisture content and maximum dry unit weight. Let us use some of these equations and compare our results with known experimental data.

The following table presents the results from laboratory compaction tests conducted on a wide range of fine-grained soils using various compactive efforts (E). Based on the soil data given in the table, determine the optimum moisture content and maximum dry unit weight using the empirical relationships presented in Section 6.6.

a. Use the Osman et al. (2008) method [Eqs. (6.13) through (6.16)].

b. Use the Gurtug and Sridharan (2004) method [Eqs. (6.11) and (6.12)].

c. Use the Matteo et al. (2009) method [Eqs. (6.17) and (6.18)].

d. Plot the calculated wopt against the experimental wopt, and the calculated Î³d(max) with the experimental gd(max). Draw a 45° line of equality on each plot.

e. Comment on the predictive capabilities of various methods. What can you say about the inherent nature of empirical models?

The following table presents the results from laboratory compaction tests conducted on a wide range of fine-grained soils using various compactive efforts (E). Based on the soil data given in the table, determine the optimum moisture content and maximum dry unit weight using the empirical relationships presented in Section 6.6.

a. Use the Osman et al. (2008) method [Eqs. (6.13) through (6.16)].

b. Use the Gurtug and Sridharan (2004) method [Eqs. (6.11) and (6.12)].

c. Use the Matteo et al. (2009) method [Eqs. (6.17) and (6.18)].

d. Plot the calculated wopt against the experimental wopt, and the calculated Î³d(max) with the experimental gd(max). Draw a 45° line of equality on each plot.

e. Comment on the predictive capabilities of various methods. What can you say about the inherent nature of empirical models?

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