Location

Arlington, Virginia

Session Start Date

8-11-2008

Session End Date

8-16-2008

Abstract

Cyclic drying and wetting phenomena of the expansive clayey soils cause the progressive settlements which could affect principally the foundations of buildings, the drainage channels and the buffers in radioactive waste disposals. In order to better understand the coupling between these hydraulic cycles and the mechanical behaviour of the swelling soils, this article presents an experimental study performed on two different expansive soils (molded and natural) using oedometer tests by imposing suction variations with the osmotic technique. Several successive swelling and shrinking cycles were applied under different constant vertical net stresses. During the suction cycles, the compacted samples showed cumulative shrinkage strains. On the other hand, the natural samples presented cumulative swelling strains. At the end of the suction cycles, the volumetric strains reached an equilibrium stage which indicates an elastic behaviour of the samples. We can relate these elastic behaviours to the soil fabric and especially to the microstructural content of soil.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Sixth Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

8-11-2008

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2008 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Swelling Soils Behaviour in Cyclic Suction-Controlled Drying and Wetting

Arlington, Virginia

Cyclic drying and wetting phenomena of the expansive clayey soils cause the progressive settlements which could affect principally the foundations of buildings, the drainage channels and the buffers in radioactive waste disposals. In order to better understand the coupling between these hydraulic cycles and the mechanical behaviour of the swelling soils, this article presents an experimental study performed on two different expansive soils (molded and natural) using oedometer tests by imposing suction variations with the osmotic technique. Several successive swelling and shrinking cycles were applied under different constant vertical net stresses. During the suction cycles, the compacted samples showed cumulative shrinkage strains. On the other hand, the natural samples presented cumulative swelling strains. At the end of the suction cycles, the volumetric strains reached an equilibrium stage which indicates an elastic behaviour of the samples. We can relate these elastic behaviours to the soil fabric and especially to the microstructural content of soil.