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    Volume 20, Issue 3 (September 1997)

    Soil Fabric Changes During Consolidation

    Published Online: 16 July 2014

    CODEN: GTJODJ

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    Abstract

    A method for characterizing the directional distribution of voids in soils at the microstructural level is presented. A scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used to obtain high-resolution, high-magnification images of the soil microstructure. These images were analyzed using an image analysis program to obtain parameters of the directional void ratio distribution function. Useful indices based on both solid and void phases for describing the changes of fabric in soils are proposed, and their evolution under one-dimensional compression of soils is studied. The analyses showed a high degree of preferred orientation attained by soil particles during consolidation.


    Author Information:

    Adamcewicz, Amy S.
    Graduate research assistant, associate professor, and graduate research assistant, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

    Muhunthan, Balasingam
    Graduate research assistant, associate professor, and graduate research assistant, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

    Masad, Eyad
    Graduate research assistant, associate professor, and graduate research assistant, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA


    Stock #: GTJ19970010

    ISSN:0149-6115

    DOI: 10.1520/GTJ19970010

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    Title Soil Fabric Changes During Consolidation
    Symposium ,
    Committee D18