COMPOSITION AND ENGINEERING PROPERTIES OF SOIL. V.

SOIL COMPOSITIONAL DATA ARE USEFUL NOT ONLY IN PREDICTING THE PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF UNUSUAL SOIL BEHAVIOR, BUT ARE NECESSARY AS A GUIDE TO SOIL STABILIZATION PROCEDURE. THIS PAPER PRESENTS DATA ON THE PERCENTAGE OF FINE PARTICLES, ATTERBURG LIMITS, PERCENTAGE OF NATURAL WATER CONTENT, AND ENGINEERING PROPERTIES OF 33 SOILS SELECTED FOR THEIR UNUSUAL OR TROUBLESOME BEHAVIOR. THESE CHARACTERISTICS CONSISTENTLY SHOWED STRIKING EFFECTS ON SOIL PROPERTIES: MINERALS WITH NON PLATE-SHAPED PARTICLES, EXPANSIVE MINERALS, ORGANIC MATTER AND AGGREGATES. THERE ARE CERTAIN LIMITATIONS TO THE ENGINEER'S USE OF COMPOSITIONAL DATA THAT ARISE FROM: (A) THE DIFFICULTY IN OBTAINING BOTH A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE AND THE MINERALOGICAL DATA FOR A PARTICULAR SOIL; (B) VARIATIONS IN MINERAL PROPERTIES DUE TO CEMENTATION, INTERSTRATIFICATION OF MINERALS, ETC; AND (C) THE UNCERTAINTY AS TO THE GEOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE SOIL AND HOW THIS HAS AFFECTED THE ARRANGEMENT OF SOIL PARTICLES. THUS, THIS DATA CANNOT BE USED TO PREDICT SUCCESSFULLY THE ENGINEERING BEHAVIOR OF SOILS WHERE THE CLAYS ARE CEMENTED OR INTERSTRATIFIED. CEMENTATION OR INTERSTRATIFICATION OF CLAY APPEARS TO BE THE RULE RATHER THAN THE EXCEPTION.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 36, pp 693-702, 3 FIG, 1 TAB, 6 REF
  • Authors:
    • Lambe, T W
    • Martin, R T
  • Publication Date: 1957

Media Info

  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the Thirty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the Highway Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 7-11, 1957
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  • Accession Number: 00230022
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 22 1972 12:00AM