Design, Fabrication, and Assembly of a Large Oedometer

    Volume 29, Issue 4 (July 2006)

    ISSN: 0149-6115


    Published Online: 17 May 2006

    Page Count: 8

    Ng, AMY
    Research Assistant, University of Cambridge, Cambridge,

    Yeung, AT
    Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong,

    Lee, PKK
    Associate Professor and Head, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong,

    Tham, LG
    Professor and Deputy Head, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong,

    (Received 13 October 2004; accepted 17 April 2006)


    A typical Casagrande-type oedometer cell is 76 mm in diameter and 19 mm high. It may perform satisfactorily in the measurements of consolidation parameters of homogeneous fine-grained soil specimens up to a maximum applied vertical stress of approximately 3 MPa. However, when it is required to evaluate the load-deformation characteristics of soil specimens containing relative large-diameter grain particles and/or at a considerably higher stress level, the existing apparatus is evidently inadequate. Therefore, an oedometer of 425 mm in internal diameter was designed, fabricated, and assembled at The University of Hong Kong. The consolidation stress that can be applied is up to 13.5 MPa. Specimen preparation and measurement procedure have to be developed to cope with the new apparatus. The design, fabrication, and assembly of the large oedometer are documented and discussed in this paper. Moreover, experimental procedure developed and measurement data demonstrating the applicability of the new apparatus are presented.

    Paper ID: GTJ100454

    DOI: 10.1520/GTJ100454

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    Title Design, Fabrication, and Assembly of a Large Oedometer
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee D18