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A conventional direct shear box was modified to accommodate the testing of an unsaturated soil. The design concepts and necessary modifications to the apparatus are described. A multistage testing procedure is outlined. Typical results from direct shear tests are presented. The results illustrate the relationship between suction and shear strength for a glacial till soil.
Geotechnical engineer, Minconsult Sdn. Bhd., Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Professor of civil engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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