THE PLASTIC LIMIT, AS DETERMINED BY THE DROP-CONE TEST, IN RELATION TO THE MECHANICAL BEHAVIOUR OF SOIL

The variation with water content is examined of soil cohesion, soil-metal friction, susceptibility to soil compaction, implement draught and the slope and intercept of the virgin compression line of critical state soil mechanics theory. For a given soil, all these relations are shown to exhibit turning points at a similar water content which corresponds to the cone penetrometer plastic limit, as determined with a drop-cone penetrometer, rather than the casagrande plastic limit. The cone penetrometer plastic limit, which can also be more reliably determined than the casagrande plastic limit, is the better indicator of soil behaviour in the field and of the water content at which the soil changes from the brittle to the plastic state.(a) (TRRL)

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    Oxford University Press

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  • Authors:
    • Campbell, D J
    • STAFFORD, J
    • Blackwell, P S
  • Publication Date: 1980-3

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 11-24
  • Serial:
    • JOURNAL OF SOIL SCIENCE
    • Volume: 31
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Blackwell Scientific Publications Limited
    • ISSN: 0022-4588

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00316928
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM