Soil mechanics-Triaxial test

  • Thread starter wkh023002
  • Start date
  • #1
wkh023002
10
0
Soil mechanics--Triaxial test

Homework Statement



Generally, the triaxial tests can be classified as three types, i.e., UU, CU, and CD tests. The type of test to be adopted depends on how best we can simulate the field conditions. In other words, the purpose of carrying out a particular test is to simulate field conditions as far as possible. For example, because of the high permeability of sand, consolidation occurs relatively rapidly and is usually completed during the application of the load. Shear strength parameters from CD tests are therefore generally used in design. Consider the following two cases:
a) In what situations, results from CD tests for a clay soil can be used in design.
b) A Earth dam is to be constructed. The soil on the site is clay. The initial water level is at the ground surface. During the construction, the water level has to be lowered in a short time, so that construction can proceed. This condition is commonly known as “sudden drawdown”. What type of triaxial tests would you recommend to carry out, and why?


Homework Equations





The Attempt at a Solution


I don't know why Consolidated Drained test can be used to test clay. Clay is impermeable and drainage can take very long time to complete. Any situation would allow this happen?

As for b), i think CD test should be used. Since it drainage allows fast drawdown.
but I am not sure if it is correct.

Actually, I am poor at soil mechanics. I would like to seek your help on this question
I am always confused with the abstract concepts!
Thanks!
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
Drakkith
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
22,050
6,130
Replying so that this thread isn't a no-reply, as per Greg's wishes.
If anyone has knowledge on this subject, feel free to reply.
 
  • #3
22,223
5,121
Clay is not a consolidated rock (at least not saturated clay), so, in my judgment, a consolidated drain test would not be appropriate.
 

Suggested for: Soil mechanics-Triaxial test

Replies
0
Views
904
  • Last Post
Replies
10
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
11
Views
405
  • Last Post
Replies
5
Views
663
Replies
4
Views
358
  • Last Post
Replies
5
Views
1K
  • Last Post
Replies
11
Views
1K
Replies
5
Views
505
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
1K
  • Last Post
Replies
22
Views
3K
Top