Chapter 3:
Permeability
PERMEABILITY OF SOIL:
The ability of soil to allow flow of water through it is called as permeability of soil. It is very important factor for the structures which are in contact with water. Flow of water in soil takes place through void spaces, which are interconnected. Water does not flow in a straight line, but in a winding path. However in soil mechanics flow is considered to be in a straight line at an effective velocity. The velocity of flow depends on size of pores.
DARCY’S LAW
Darcy established that the flow occurring per unit time is directly proportional to the head causing flow and the area of crosssection of the soil sample but is inversely proportional to the length of the sample.
(i) Rate of flow (q)
Where,
q = rate of flow in m^{3}/sec.
K = Coefficient of permeability in m/s
i = Hydraulic gradient
A = Area of crosssection of sample
Where,
H_{L} = Head loss = (H_{1}  H_{2})
i = tanθdy/dx
(ii) Seepage velocity
Where, V_{s} = Seepage velocity (m^{3}/sec) and n = Porostiy,V=discharge velocity(m/s)
(iii) Coefficiency of percolation
where, K_{p} = coefficiency of percolation and n = Porosity.
CONSTANCY HEAD PERMEABILITY TEST:
The constant head permeability test is a laboratory experiment conducted to determine the permeability of soil. The soils that are suitable for this tests are sand and gravels. Soils with silt content cannot be tested with this method.The test can be employed to test granular soils either reconstituted or disturbed.
The objective of constant head permeability test is to determine the coefficient of permeability of a soil.
The coefficient of permeability, k is defined as the rate of flow of water under laminar flow conditions through a porous medium area of unit cross section under unit hydraulic gradient.
The coefficient of permeability (k) is obtained from the relation
Where q= discharge, Q=total volume of water, t=time period, h=head causing flow, L= length of specimen, A= crosssectional area.
FALLING HEAD PERMEABILITY TEST OR VARIABLE HEAD PERMEABILITY TEST
where,
a = Area of tube in m^{2}
A = Area of sample in m^{2}
t = time in ‘sec’
L = length in ‘m’
h1 = level of upstream edge at t = 0
h_{2} = level of upstream edge after time ‘t’.
Falling head permeability test is useful for fine grained soil. and it is laboratory method.
KONZEYKARMAN EQUATION:
where, C = Shape coefficient, ∼ 5mm for spheri cal particle
S = Specific surface area
For spherical particle,
R = Radius of spherical particle.
When particles are not spherical and of variable size.If these particles passes through sieve of size ‘a’ and retain on sieve of size ‘b’.
e = void ratio
μ = dynamic viscosity, in (Ns/m2)
γ_{w} = unit weight of water in kN/m^{3}
ALLEN HAZEN EQUATION:
Where, D_{10} = Effective size in cm,K is in cm/s ,C = 100 to 150
NOTE: it is valid for particle size of soil 1 mm to 3 mm. It is valid for sand.
LIOUDENS EQUATION:
log_{10} KS^{2} = a +b.n
where, S = specific surface area
a and b are constants
N = Porosity.
Consolidation equation,K = C_{v}M_{v}γ_{w}
where,
C_{V} = Coefficient of consolidation in cm^{2}/ sec
M_{v} = Coefficient of volume Compressibility in cm^{2}/N
PERMEABILITY OF A STRATIFIED SOIL
(i) Average Permeability of the soil in which flow is parallel to bedding plane.
(ii) Average permeability of soil in which flow is perpendicular to bedding plane.
(iii) For 2D flow in X and Z direction
iv) For 3D flow in x, y and z direction
COEFFICIENT OF ABSOLUTE PERMEABILITY(K_{o}):
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1. What is permeability? 
2. How is permeability determined? 
3. What factors affect the permeability of a material? 
4. How is permeability important in various industries? 
5. Can permeability be altered or improved? 
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