Experimental Soil Mechanics Lab

Soil is a multiphase natural material which consists of solid, liquid, and gas. Nearly all the civil engineering structure - building, embankment, dam, underground structures, bridge, earth retaining structures, road, rail network, offshore structures, etc., is founded in or on the surface of earth. Therefore, determination of engineering properties of soil is most important and inevitable phase for safe, sustainable, and resilient design of any civil engineering infrastructure. Experimental soil mechanics laboratory at Shiv Nadar Institution of Eminence is well equipped with the state-of-the-art equipment for physical characterization, flow characterization and mechanical behavior characterization of soil in the laboratory and at the field/site. All these facilities are utilized for the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research.

Laboratory Resources and Infrastructure

Equipment Facility

The soil mechanics laboratory has following equipment facilities:

Laboratory Test Equipment:

  1. Laboratory Oven
  2. Consistency test apparatus
  3. Grain Size Distribution Test Apparatus
  4. Field Density Test Apparatus
  5. Standard and Modified Proctor’s Compaction Test Apparatus
  6. Constant head and Falling Head Permeability Test Apparatus
  7. Direct Shear Test Apparatus
  8. Unconfined Shear Test Apparatus
  9. Computerized Triaxial Shear Test Apparatus
  10. Oedometer Consolidation Test Apparatus
  11. Constant Rate of Strain (CRS) Consolidation Test Apparatus
  12. Slurry Consolidation Test Apparatus

Field Test Equipment:

  1. Plate Load Test
  2. Standard Penetration Test (SPT)
  3. Dynamic Cone Penetration Test (DCPT)

Images from the lab


  • Faculty in-charge

Dr. Gyan Vikash, Associate Professor

  • Lab Staff

Mr. Raju Gupta, Senior Laboratory Assistant