SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1964

Shear Strength of Soil in a General Stress Field


A theory is developed that predicts quantitatively the effects of the intermediate principal stress on the strength of cohesionless material. The strength under conditions other than those of the conventional triaxial test can be computed from triaxial test data by this theory. The predictions of the theory for cohesionless soils are validated by the previously published experimental results of other investigators.

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Liam Finn, WD
University of California, Berkeley
Mittal, HK
Ripley, Klohn, and Leonoff Ltd., Vancouver
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Developed by Committee: D18
Pages: 42–48
DOI: 10.1520/STP29981S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4568-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0048-0