Rate process theory has been frequently applied to investigate time-dependent shear deformation of clay, especially to explain the nature of the particle bonds. In this article the validity of the basic equations is discussed with reference to the meaning of the physical quantities and to microstructural behaviour. It appears that since neither the stress distribution nor the microscopic deformation pattern of aggregated clay are in accordance with the assumption made in practical application of rate process theory, no reliable conclusion can be drawn concerning the nature of the clay particle bonds. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Lulea University, Sweden

    Avdelningen foer Geoteknik
    S-95187 Lulea,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • Pusch, R
  • Publication Date: 1977


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 223-227

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184372
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Research Report 10
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1979 12:00AM