Isikwue, Martins. O, Odumeke, Gabriel & Aho, Matthew
American Journal of Engineering Research (AJER) 2016 Volume-5, Issue-7, pp-47-52

Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity (Ks) of Lower Coal Measure Geological Formation of Owukpa in the River Benue Trough, Nigeria

A study was conducted to determine saturated hydraulic conductivity (ks) of lower coal measure geological formation of Owukpa region of Benue State Nigeria. The process involved the selection of points on the location (soil formation) and sample collection at a depth of 20cm (0.2m). The soil samples were analyzed in the laboratory to determine the saturated hydraulic conductivity using falling head method. Particle size distribution, bulk density and pH were also determined. The result indicates that highest and lowest hydraulic conductivity determined were 2.59 x 10-4 cm/sec and 2.38 x 10-4cm/sec respectively. The characteristic of soil shows that the nature of the soil in the region is very compactable to use for engineering purposes as to the construction of conservative structures such as earth dam.

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