STP740: Field Density, Gradation, and Triaxial Testing of Large-Size Rockfill for Little Blue Run Dam

    Thiers, GR
    Senior staff engineer and vice president, Consultants, Inc., Monroeville, Pa.

    Donovan, TD
    Senior staff engineer and vice president, Consultants, Inc., Monroeville, Pa.

    Pages: 11    Published: Jan 1981


    Abstract

    The results of field density and gradation tests involving large-size compacted rockfill (sedimentary rocks) were used to establish gradation and compaction requirements for large-size (38-cm-diameter) and conventional (15-cm-diameter) triaxial tests. The gradation requirements were that the gradation curves for triaxial test materials should be parallel to the corresponding field gradiation curve, except for minor modifications to avoid excessive inclusion of fines. The angle of internal friction decreased as maximum particle size increased, in a manner similar to that reported by others. Extrapolation was used to check the φ-values used in design.

    Keywords:

    triaxial tests, gravel, rockfill dams, internal friction, density, grain size


    Paper ID: STP28760S

    Committee/Subcommittee: D18.05

    DOI: 10.1520/STP28760S


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