Volume 10, Issue 3 (September 1987)

    Cone Penetration of Partially Saturated Sands


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    A laboratory study of cone penetration through partially saturated sand was conducted. A new method for preparing specimens at various degrees of saturation, which utilizes pressure release from previously carbonated water, is described. In closed water systems, where capillary tensions increase effective confining pressures, penetration resistance was significantly higher than in either dry or saturated conditions. Conversely, in closed-gas systems the penetration resistance was slightly lower than at full saturation.

    Author Information:

    Hryciw, RD
    Assistant professor of civil engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

    Dowding, CH
    Professor, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

    Stock #: GTJ10945J

    ISSN: 0149-6115

    DOI: 10.1520/GTJ10945J

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    Title Cone Penetration of Partially Saturated Sands
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee D18