THE DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF A STANDARD COMPACTION-DEGRADATION TEST FOR SHALES
Non-durable but mechanically hard shales pose a particular problem in embankment construction. These shales should ordinarily be degraded and compacted in relatively thin "soil" lifts. However, this may be difficult to accomplish because of the shale hardness. The engineer obviously needs to anticipate the difficulty of degrading the shale during construction, and this research has produced a simple standard test for such prediction. The standard AASHTO impact type test can be used to generate compaction relationships and degradability measures simultaneously. The shale gradation before and after compaction is used to generate an index of crushing. Degradation varies directly with this index. It may utimately be possible to use the more simple point load strength test to accomplish the prediction. This report shows good correlation between the secant modulus in the point load strength test and the index of crushing. (FHWA)
- Conducted in cooperation with the Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. From the study titled "Design and Construction Guidelines for Shale Embankments".
Purdue University/Indiana Department of Transportation JHRPPurdue University, School of Civil Engineering
West Lafayette, IN USA 47907-1284
Indiana State Highway CommissionIndianapolis, IN USA 46204
- Hale, B C
- Publication Date: 1979-10-23
- Pagination: 180 p.
- TRT Terms: Correlation analysis; Crushing; Indexes (Information management); Modulus; Secant; Shale; Soil compaction test; Strength of materials; Test procedures
- Uncontrolled Terms: Compatibility
- Old TRIS Terms: Compaction tests; Degradation (Aggregate); Point loads; Secant modulus
- Subject Areas: Data and Information Technology; Geotechnology; Highways; Maintenance and Preservation; I60: Maintenance;
- Accession Number: 00319124
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-IN-JHRP-79-21 Intrm Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: 1(17) Part II
- Files: TRIS, ATRI
- Created Date: Nov 19 1980 12:00AM