Masters Theses

Abstract

"A major cause of damage to structures and earth embankments during earthquakes or any other such dynamic vibrating loading conditions has been the liquefaction of saturated sands. There have been several investigations to establish a convenient and relatively simple laboratory test procedure and to study the nature of field conditions leading to sand liquefaction. This investigation evaluates the effects of sample size, testing frequency, and the method of sample preparation on the number of cycles to cause initial liquefaction in pulsating triaxial tests using standardized equipment and test procedures. It has been found that sample size does affect test results as larger diameter samples tend to give a lower dynamic strength for sand. Also, higher pore pressures are generated in larger diameter samples for the same number of stress applications. There is an indication that a higher frequency of loading also produces a lower strength, but this is not considered to be conclusive due to very limited data. On the other hand, it is found that the method of sample preparation does not affect the test results if the variables of sample preparation such as relative density, homogenity, grainsize distribution, and the degree of saturation are maintained reasonably constant"--Abstract, page ii.

Advisor(s)

Kovacs, William D.
Schmidt, Norbert O., 1925-2009

Committee Member(s)

Heagler, John B., 1924-1999
Aughenbaugh, N. B.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Civil Engineering

Sponsor(s)

National Science Foundation (U.S.)

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

1971

Pagination

vi, 99 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 30).

Rights

© 1971 Suresh Kumar Chaudhary, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Soil liquefaction -- Testing
Sand -- Testing
Materials -- Dynamic testing

Thesis Number

T 2598

Print OCLC #

6037555

Electronic OCLC #

872278238

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