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Results of both drained and undrained triaxial tests performed with a true triaxial cell on both natural and artificial clays are presented and discussed. The true triaxial apparatus, which has been used for about 20 years, is fully described. The apparatus has recently been modified to improve the measurement of lateral deformations. Tests were performed on both isotropic and anisotropic materials.
true triaxial cell, isotropic and anisotropic clays, sensitive clay, principal stress and strain spaces, drained and undrained tests
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, École Polytechnique, Montreal, Quebec
William Scott professor of civil engineering and applied mechanics, and director, Geotechnical Research Centre, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
Graduate research assistant, Soil Mechanics Laboratory, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec