Sample Preparation of Silts for Liquefaction Testing

    Volume 30, Issue 4 (July 2007)

    ISSN: 0149-6115


    Published Online: 12 February 2007

    Page Count: 9

    Bradshaw, A. S.
    Assistant Professor, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA

    Baxter, C. D.P.
    Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

    (Received 30 December 2005; accepted 11 December 2006)


    One of the most important aspects of cyclic testing in the laboratory is using samples that are representative of their in-situ conditions. Since undisturbed samples of cohesionless soils are typically too difficult or costly to obtain, reconstituted samples need to be prepared using a method that most closely replicates the in-situ stress, density, and fabric. Research has clearly shown the effect of sample preparation methods on the liquefaction resistance of sands, and it is believed that wet pluviation methods most closely approximate the in-situ fabric of fluvial soils. For pure silts, however, these methods are limited because only very loose samples can be made. This paper introduces a new modified moist tamping method that can be used to reconstitute denser specimens of silt. It was found that samples tamped at an initial saturation level of about 55 % gave comparable cyclic strengths to samples prepared from a slurry and to specimens trimmed from an in-situ block sample. The method can be considered a cost-effective alternative for the liquefaction testing of silts.

    Paper ID: GTJ100206

    DOI: 10.1520/GTJ100206

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    Title Sample Preparation of Silts for Liquefaction Testing
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    Committee D18