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The fundamental principles and practices of soil compaction are presented. The possibilities of improving existing standard test procedures for compaction of soils are explored for the purposes of increasing the reliability and adequacy of test criteria for field control of compaction. Certain concepts and principles are considered to be fundamental for understanding and evaluating compaction phenomena and for making reliable and effective applications of compaction test data. The importance and controlling influence of environmental conditions is now becoming recognized. The major problems are to make compaction test data and the field control criteria derived therefrom more reliable, adequate, and effective. This requires making these criteria fully representative of existing field environmental and construction conditions that govern in each situation. These problems are treated and evaluated in some detail.
Burmister, Donald M.
Professor emeritus of civil engineering, Columbia University, N. Y.