Volume 34, Issue 4 (July 2011)
A Slurry Consolidation Approach to Reconstitute Low-Plasticity Silt Specimens for Laboratory Triaxial Testing
Silt specimen reconstitution using a slurry consolidation approach is commonly used for laboratory testing. This paper presents a new slurry consolidation approach to reconstitute silt specimens for use in triaxial testing. Silt specimens were reconstituted in a split vacuum mold mounted on a special experimental setup. The uniformity of the reconstituted specimens was verified by measuring the water content and grain size distribution throughout the specimens. The testing program was expedited using a special sample handling technique to move the specimen from the special experimental setup to the triaxial chamber base platen. The handling process did not disturb the specimens to a measurable degree. Further, the replicas of the reconstituted specimens were verified by submitting them to basic volumetric measurements followed by static and cyclic triaxial tests. The triaxial test results reported very small differences.