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# How to Calculate and Solve for Dry Unit Weight of Soil | Soil Mechanics and Foundation

Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The image above represents dry unit weight of soil.

To compute for dry unit weight of soil, two essential parameters are needed and these parameters are Unit weight of soil (γ) and Moisture content (w).

The formula for calculating dry unit weight of soil:

γd = γ / 1 + w

Where:

γd = Dry Unit Weight of Soil
γ = Unit Weight of Soil
w = Moisture Content

Let’s solve an example;
Find the dry unit weight of soil when the unit weight of soil is 12 and the moisture content is 6.

This implies that;

γ = Unit Weight of Soil = 12
w = Moisture Content = 6

γd = γ / 1 + w
γd = 12 / 1 + 6
γd = 12 / 7
γd = 1.71

Therefore, the dry unit weight of soil is 1.71.

Calculating for the Unit Weight of Soil when the Dry Unit Weight of Soil and the Moisture Content is Given.

γ = γd (1 + w)

Where;

γ = Unit Weight of Soil
γd = Dry Unit Weight of Soil
w = Moisture Content

Let’s solve an example;
Find the unit weight of soil when the dry unit weight of soil is 22 and the moisture content is 12.

This implies that;

γd = Dry Unit Weight of Soil = 22
w = Moisture Content = 12

γ = γd (1 + w)
γ = 22 (1 + 12)
γ = 22 (13)
γ = 286

Therefore, the unit weight of soil is 286.

Calculating the Moisture Content when the Dry Unit Weight of Soil and the Unit Weight is Given.

w = γ / γd – 1

Where;

w = Moisture Content
γd = Dry Unit Weight of Soil
γ = Unit Weight of Soil

Let’s solve an example;
Find the moisture content when the dry unit weight of soil is 6 and the unit weight of soil is 24.

This implies that;

γd = Dry Unit Weight of Soil = 6
γ = Unit Weight of Soil = 24

w = γ / γd – 1
w = 24 / 6 – 1
w = 4 – 1
w = 3

Therefore, the moisture content is 3.

Nickzom Calculator – The Calculator Encyclopedia is capable of calculating the dry unit weight of soil.

To get the answer and workings of the dry unit weight of soil using the Nickzom Calculator – The Calculator Encyclopedia. First, you need to obtain the app.

You can get this app via any of these means:

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Once, you have obtained the calculator encyclopedia app, proceed to the Calculator Map, then click on Agricultural under Engineering.

Now, Click on Soil Mechanics and Foundation under Agricultural

Now, Click on Dry Unit Weight of Soil under Soil Mechanics and Foundation

The screenshot below displays the page or activity to enter your values, to get the answer for the dry unit weight of soil according to the respective parameters which is the Unit weight of soil (γ) and Moisture content (w).

Now, enter the values appropriately and accordingly for the parameters as required by the Unit weight of soil (γ) is 12 and Moisture content (w) is 6.

Finally, Click on Calculate

As you can see from the screenshot above, Nickzom Calculator– The Calculator Encyclopedia solves for the dry unit weight of soil and presents the formula, workings and steps too.