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Test results on Shelby, Piston, and Block specimens are presented for two sensitive slightly overconsolidated clays. The purpose of this study is to show the influence of sampling methods on some clay properties. The specimens were obtained from the depth of 2.2 m. The in situ plate loading tests also were carried out at the same depth with an 0.61-m-diameter plate. The rate of strain in the triaxial tests and the rate of loading in the consolidation tests were kept constant. This was done in order to eliminate, as much as possible, the influence of factors other than the sampling procedure. For the same reason only the results obtained from the specimens having almost the same initial water content and void ratio were taken into consideration.
sample disturbance, elastic properties, sensitive clays, anisotropy, plate loading test, shear strength, Shelby, Piston, Block specimens, evaluation, tests
Professor of soil mechanics, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbooke, Qué