Thermal Volume Change of Unsaturated Silt under Different Stress States and Suction Magnitudes
University of California San Diego, Department of Structural Engineering, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093-0085, USA
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This paper presents an evaluation of the thermal volume change of compacted specimens of the same type of silt under a wide range of stress states, initial void ratios, and suction magnitudes. Stress states include both isotropic and anisotropic conditions with varying principal stress ratios, as well as normally consolidated and overconsolidated conditions. Initial void ratios range from 0.60 to 0.86, spanning very dense to loose conditions. Suctions evaluated range from saturated conditions, to low suctions in the funicular range, to suctions corresponding to residual saturation conditions. For the same soil, wide variations in thermal volume change are observed. Thermal contraction is observed for normally consolidated conditions regardless of the initial degree of saturation. Different mechanisms of thermal volume change can be used to explain the results, ranging from thermally-induced pore water pressure dissipation, to thermal collapse, to thermally-accelerated creep.
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