E3S Web Conf.
Volume 9, 20163rd European Conference on Unsaturated Soils – “E-UNSAT 2016”
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Advances in Experimental Methods: Mechanical Properties|
|Published online||12 September 2016|
Characterization of compacted silty sand via relative humidity-controlled triaxial testing
1 Faculty Research Associate, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, 76019, USA.
2 Professor, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, 76019, USA.
a Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rather limited experimental evidence is available of triaxial shear-induced response of unsaturated soils at suction states far beyond residual suction. In this work, a fully automated, relative-humidity (Auto-RH) control unit is adapted to a newly implemented double-walled triaxial cell to test compacted silty sand specimens under consider-ably high total suction states via the vapor-pressure technique. The work is intended to gain critical insight into some of the most essential hydro-mechanical features of densely compacted intermediate geomaterials, such as post-peak softening and strain-induced dilatancy, under suction-controlled monotonic shearing. In general, peak strength is followed by large strain-induced softening until critical state is apparently reached. Strain-softening is observed to be-come considerably more pronounced with increasing total suction. The slope of critical state lines, however, remains virtually constant, regardless of induced total suction, in agreement with critical state-based constitutive frameworks previously postulated for unsaturated soils.
Key words: Unsaturated soils / vapor-pressure technique / double-wall triaxial cell / critical state line
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2016
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