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    Limitations of Direct Simple Shear Test Devices

    Published: Jan 1981

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    The Direct Simple Shear (DSS) test devices have a major fundamental defect which has been recognized for over 40 years. In this paper, the limitations of the DSS test are emphasized by test results obtained on a highly sensitive and brittle clay of Eastern Canada. The DSS devices are no real improvement over the direct shear devices and the value of the triaxial test is far superior.


    shear strength, shear tests, quick clays, direct shear test

    Author Information:

    La Rochelle, P
    Professor, Laval University, Quebec

    Committee/Subcommittee: D18.05

    DOI: 10.1520/STP28779S

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