Influence of particle-size distribution homogeneity on shearing of soils subjected to internal erosion

A.H. Diallo, Yousif (2019) Influence of particle-size distribution homogeneity on shearing of soils subjected to internal erosion. Canadian Geotechnical Journal. pp. 1-41. ISSN 00083674

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Internal erosion (suffusion) is caused by water seeping through the matrix of coarse soil and progressively transporting out fine particles. The mechanical strength and stress-strain behavior of soils within water retaining structures may be affected by internal erosion. Some researchers have set out to conduct triaxial erosion tests to study the mechanical consequences of erosion. Prior to conducting a triaxial test they subject a soil sample, which has an initially homogeneous particle size distribution and density throughout, to erosion by causing water to enter one end of a sample and wash fine particles out the other. The erosion and movement of particles causes heterogeneous particle size distributions to develop along the sample length. In this paper a new soil sample formation procedure is presented which results in homogeneous particle size distributions along the length of an eroded sample. Triaxial tests are conducted on homogeneous samples formed using the new procedure as well as heterogeneous samples created by the more commonly used approach. The results show the samples with homogeneous post-erosion particle size distributions exhibit slightly higher peak deviator stresses than those which were heterogeneous. The results highlight the importance of ensuring homogeneity of post-erosion particle size distributions when assessing the mechanical consequences of erosion. Forming samples using the new procedure enables the sample’s response to triaxial loading to be interpreted against a measure of its initially homogenous state.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: internal erosion, triaixal test, particle size distribution
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Depositing User: ePrints deposit
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2021 13:04
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2021 13:04

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