STP977

    State-of-the-Art Paper: A Reevaluation of Conventional Triaxial Test Methods

    Published: Jan 1988


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    Abstract

    A practical reevaluation of some aspects of conventional triaxial test methods is made, based on Bishop and Henkel's book The Measurement of Soil Properties in the Triaxial Test (2nd ed., Edward Arnold, London, 1962). Some advances in measurement techniques, methods of preparing, installing and saturating specimens, and the measurement of the initial effective stress are discussed, with particular emphasis on potential sources of disturbance and methods to reduce this. The use of unconsolidated undrained tests and various stress paths in relation to current needs is represented.

    Keywords:

    triaxial test, state-of-the-art review, test procedures, specimen disturbance, measurement, saturation, initial effective stress, consolidation, stiffness, shear strength, unconsolidated undrained tests, consolidated tests, stress path testing


    Author Information:

    Baldi, G
    Head of the Soil Mechanics Laboratory and engineer, Soil Mechanics Laboratory, ISMES, Bergamo,

    Hight, DW
    PrincipalVisiting Research Fellow, Geotechnical Consulting Group, LondonImperial College, London,

    Thomas, GE
    Head of the Soil Mechanics Laboratory and engineer, Soil Mechanics Laboratory, ISMES, Bergamo,


    Paper ID: STP29080S

    Committee/Subcommittee: D18.05

    DOI: 10.1520/STP29080S


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