Volume 9, Issue 4 (December 1986)

    Cyclic Simple Shear Testing of Granular Materials


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    Developments to a pneumatically operated simple shear apparatus for dry granular materials allowing application of cyclic shear and normal stresses are described. Boundary transducers were of only limited success for stress measurement so a prediction method for complete description of the stress state was used. Tests on uniform crushed limestone of 1.5- and 3-mm nominal sizes showed that increased volumetric strains were developed under cyclic normal stress and bidirectional shearing. Shear strains were not much influenced by cyclic application of the normal stress.

    Author Information:

    Shaw, P
    Geotechnical engineer, Knight Dames & Moore, Durban,

    Brown, SF
    Professor of civil engineering, University Park, Nottingham,

    Stock #: GTJ10632J

    ISSN: 0149-6115

    DOI: 10.1520/GTJ10632J

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    Title Cyclic Simple Shear Testing of Granular Materials
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee D18