Relationship between suction and shear strength parameters of compacted METU campus clay

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2003
Tilgen, Hüseyin Pars
In this study, the relationship between soil suction and shear strength parameters of compacted METU campus clay were investigated at different moisture contents. Soil samples were tested at optimum moisture content (i.e. w=20.8%), at dry side of optimum moisture content (i.e. w=14.8%, 16.8%, 18.8%) and at wet side of optimum moisture content (i.e. w=22.8%, 24.8%, 26.8%). Direct shear tests were performed to measure shear strength parameters (c', F') and soil suctions were measured by filter paper method after direct shear tests. These relationships were also investigated on soaked samples. The trends for suction, angle of internal friction and cohesion, which change on the dry side and wet side of optimum moisture content, were analyzed. The compacted METU campus clay gains granular soil fabric at the dry side of optimum moisture content. As moisture content increases, cohesion increases up to optimum moisture content and then decreases. But angle of internal friction decreases as moisture content increases. Soaking affects the samples more which are on the dry side of optimum moisture content. The soil suction (total suction and matric suction) affects the shear strength, and an increase in soil suction increases the shear strength.

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H. P. Tilgen, “Relationship between suction and shear strength parameters of compacted METU campus clay,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2003.