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The preparation of high-quality, large-size cohesive soil deposits is possible using the slurry method and is practicable if a suitable soil material is used. The requirements for such a soil are discussed and the results of a survey of available ingredient materials presented. A testing program of six trial soil mixtures is described, including consolidation of slurry in a special apparatus. Each trial soil is evaluated, and detailed properties of the selected material, called Cornell clay, are presented. The results from a series of CIUC triaxial tests show that Cornell clay has normalized strength parameters similar to many naturally occurring cohesive soils. Supply sources for the ingredient materials are given.
Project manager, Carson Mills Project Management Ltd., Lower Hutt,
Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
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