Suction-controlled dynamic simple shear apparatus for measurement of dynamic properties of unsaturated soils
University of New Hampshire, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Durham, NH, United States of America
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State variables such as confining pressures and the degree of saturation can have a profound effect on the dynamic properties of a soil. These dynamic properties are essential when performing seismic response analysis of geotechnical systems in the phreatic zone. In order to accurately obtain these properties, laboratory testing using a Dynamic Simple Shear system is often implemented. This paper concentrates on the advancements and modifications of a custom-built dynamic simple shear system at the University of New Hampshire to accommodate soils with unsaturated conditions by employing axis translation technique. Tests could be performed under drained (constant suction) or undrained (constant water content) conditions. The procedure for preparing an unsaturated soil sample and testing is discussed, followed by the methods for interpreting the data and the challenges involved. Preliminary data confirms the ability of the system to control and track suction during the cyclic simple shear test. Suction in unsaturated soil increased the shear modulus and decreased the damping ratio comparing with those in dry and saturated conditions.
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