Masters Theses


"The correlation potential of the compaction properties and the consolidated drained shear strength parameters of plastic fine-grained soils with index properties was investigated in this study. The interrelationships of these properties were derived through graphical and multilinear regression analysis. The compaction properties, optimum moisture content, and maximum dry density were found to be related to many of the index properties. The most important relationships were with the plasticity indices and the percentage of particles smaller than two microns; the highest degree of simple correlation was achieved with the liquid limit. The consolidated drained shear parameters, cohesion, and the angle of internal friction were correlated with many of the index properties; however, the magnitude of the computed correlation coefficients were not indicative of a high degree of correlation. The correlation of the shear parameters with the plasticity index was the most significant. Many useful equations and graphical procedures for rapidly predicting the compaction and shear parameters from index properties have been developed. The accuracy of these equations and graphical procedures has been evaluated herein and found to be sufficiently accurate for most prediction situations. Through varied data considerations, it was determined that the best approach to accurate correlation would be to restrict the analyses to soils of similar origin or to those of a limited geographic area, in lieu of focusing upon soils of varied origin as a unit. The investigator is hopeful that this fact and other facts brought out herein will prove useful to those attempting similar studies in the future"--Abstract, page ii.


Schmidt, Norbert O., 1925-2009

Committee Member(s)

Heagler, John B.
Rigler, A. K.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Civil Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla

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xiv, 158 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references.


© 1969 Marvin Tartt Harris, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Shear strength of soils -- Testing
Sediment compaction
Swelling soils
Moisture -- Measurement
Soil mechanics

Thesis Number

T 2308

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