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Developing an Experimental Strategy to Investigate Stress-Strain Models Using Kaolin

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent Advancements on Expansive Soils
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures, Egypt 2018 – The Official International Congress of the Soil-Structure Interaction Group in Egypt (SSIGE)
EditorsJohn McCartney, Laureano Hoyos
Publisher or commissioning bodySpringer, Cham
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783030019143
ISBN (Print)9783030019143, 9783030019136
DateAccepted/In press - 18 Jul 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 30 Oct 2018
DatePublished (current) - 2019

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NameSustainable Civil Infrastructures
PublisherSpringer, Cham
ISSN (Print)2366-3405


Prediction of ground movements requires a reliable estimation of soil representative stress-strain behaviour. To do this an assessment of in-situ (‘preshear’) conditions and the associated influence on the average mobilised soil strength and strain is needed. While many studies focus on undrained shear strength, less effort has been reported for soil shear strain in the context of foundation design. The influence of different experimental and prediction techniques to determine representative soil shear stress-strain design parameters is worthy of study. In this paper, new experimental data is presented of from a series of triaxial and oedometer tests on kaolin. The results demonstrate increasing values of normalised undrained shear strength and reference shear strain with increasing OCR.



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