Uniformity Coefficient

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Geotechnical

Uniformity coefficient, abbreviated as \(C_u\), also called coefficient of uniformity, classifies a soil as well graded or poorly graded. For the soil to be well graded for a given sample, the range must be between greater than 4 to 6.  If less than 4 it is classified as poorly graded.

 

formulas that use Uniformity Coefficient

\(\large{ C_u =  \frac{ D_{60} }{ D_{10} }     }\)   

Where:

\(\large{ C_u } \) = uniformity coefficient

\(\large{ D_{10} } \) = is the sieve diameter (grain size) which there are 10% of particles go through.

\(\large{ D_{60} } \) = is the sieve diameter (grain size) which there are 60% of particles go through.

 

Tags: Equations for Coefficient Equations for Soil & Rock Classification