Study on the stress path dependency of collapse behavior of Gorgan loess implementing unsaturated oedometer devices
1 Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
2 M.Sc, Department of Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
3 Ph.D, Department of Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
a Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Collapsible soils such as loess are particular types of problematic soils, whose collapse potential have caused severe damages to the buildings and structures. Loess is susceptible to large and sudden volume reduction upon wetting in constant normal stress or upon increasing normal stress in constant water content or a combination of these two stress paths. In this research both of these collapse induced paths: wetting and stress paths are investigated on undisturbed specimens of a Loess to observe the effect of various parameters on the collapse behavior of the tested soil., Seven controlled matric suction unsaturated oedometer tests have been conducted on undisturbed specimens taken from loessial soil of Gorgan, a city in Golestan province in Iran to study the collapse mechanisms of this type of soils. Two identical sets of unsaturated oedometer apparatuses designed and developed at Sharif University of Technology, with the capability of controlling matric suction have been utilized. In these tests, the matric suction, vertical net stress, volumetric water content, and vertical deformation of the samples have been controlled and recorded. Tests have been performed under two separate stress paths: constant matric suction with varying vertical net stress (loading and unloading) and constant vertical net stress with varying matric suction (wetting and drying). Obtained results show the high collapse potential of the tested soil and significant effects of stress path, matric suction, and vertical net stress on the collapse behavior of the tested soil.
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