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Forty-eight soil samples taken from twelve different locations in Kuwait City and the Jahra area were used in four series of drained and undrained triaxial compression tests using multistage and conventional test techniques on undisturbed and remolded specimens. Classification tests indicated that the Kuwaiti soil is predominantly sandy with various content of fines. The fines content includes silt and clay, and also clay-size particles of calcareous and gypsiferous matter. Strength test results indicated that the cohesion and angle of friction determined from both techniques are in agreement and hence the multistage principle can be applied to determine the shear strength parameters of Kuwaiti soils. Specific recommendations on applying the multistage technique on cemented soils, occasionally encountered in Kuwait, are also included.
triaxial test, multistage test, conventional triaxial test, calcareous soil, drained triaxial test, undrained triaxial test, shear strength, cohesion, angle of friction, cemented soil
Researcher, Civil Engineering and Building Department, Engineering Division, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Safat,
Senior geotechnical engineer, Government Lab and Testing Station, Ministry of Public Works, Safat,