Effect of Microfabric on Shear Behavior of Kaolin Clay

The influence of geometric arrangement of platelets (microfabric) on the mechanical behavior of kaolin clay is investigated using lubricated end triaxial testing on solid cylindrical specimens. A series of compression and extension tests under drained and undrained conditions were performed on clay specimens with different microfabric for overconsolidated ratio values of 1 and 10. The solid cylindrical specimens with dispersed and flocculated microfabric were produced in the laboratory using slurry consolidation technique under K and subscript 0 condition. Based on the experimental observations, it is evident that microfabric strongly affects the mechanical behavior of kaolin clay, such as its stress–strain relationship, effective stress ratio, shear strength, excess pore-pressure evolution, and volumetric response. The influence of confining pressure on clay specimens with dispersed and flocculated microfabric is also studied in this research. This study shows that the microfabric can change the basic nature of clay. For example the normally consolidated kaolin clay shows its dilative nature during shearing for dispersed microfabric and contractive nature for flocculated microfabric.

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    • Sachan, Ajanta
    • Penumadu, Dayakar
  • Publication Date: 2007-3


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  • Accession Number: 01045279
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 17 2007 9:09PM