Use of a Differential Pressure Transducer for the Monitoring of Soil Volume Change in Cyclic Triaxial Test on Unsaturated Soils

This paper describes the development of a new experimental setup, using a differential pressure transducer, that enables the monitoring of volume changes in cyclic triaxial tests on unsaturated soils. Calibration tests were performed to analyze the performance of the setup, especially in terms of loading frequencies. Based on calibration results, a low frequency of 0.05 Hz was adopted for the tests conducted on the unsaturated loess from northern France. Five levels of water content were considered in the tests. The obtained results have confirmed the efficiency of the new system for volume change monitoring under cyclic loading. The effect of water content on the cyclic behavior of loess was clearly evidenced. Lastly, some suggestions were made to improve the accuracy of the system.

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    • Cui, Yu Jun
    • Tang, Anh-Minh
    • Marcial, Duilio
    • Terpereau, Jean-Marc
    • Marchadier, Gilles
    • Boulay, Xavier
  • Publication Date: 2007-5


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  • Accession Number: 01054077
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 20 2007 6:41PM