Anisotropy plays a significant role in many geotechnical problems. This paper describes how anisotropic stiffness properties of soils can be assessed through stress path triaxial tests. Local strain instrumentation has been optimized to identify the linear elastic region of sand without sacrificing the ability to study behavior at strains up to 15%; the system described performs equally well with sands, silts, and clays. A novel technique has been developed in which multi-directional shear wave velocity measurements are combined with static tests to provide a complete description of the soil's cross-anisotropic elastic properties through a simple manipulation of classical elastic theory. Results obtained in tests on a dense sand are presented to demonstrate the system capabilities, show how the theoretical approach may be applied in practice, and display some interesting features of the soil's elastic anisotropy.

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    American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)

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  • Authors:
    • Kuwano, R
    • Connolly, T M
    • JARDINE, R J
  • Publication Date: 2000-6


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  • Accession Number: 00794511
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 2000 12:00AM