This note describes a recently developed apparatus to conduct strain controlled unconfined tension tests, comparable to the unconfined compression tests conventionally carried out in site investigations. The tension tester is a modified compression tester which applies an axial stress in tension rather than compression. Over 100 tests have been conducted using this device; and no tendency for samples to fail in, or close to, the wax bonds has been noted. The writer concludes that the tension tester is a simple, robust piece of equipment entirely similar in its use and applications to the recording unconfined tester and that it may well have a place in site investigations where basic data are required on the tensile properties of the soil.

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  • Accession Number: 00324518
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ASCE 15829
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM