SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1951

Shear Testing at the Waterways Experiment Station


This paper reviews the types of shear tests normally performed by the Soils Laboratory of the Waterways Experiment Station, Corps of Engineers, in connection with problems of a practical nature. During the years 1940 to 1944 the Corps of Engineers sponsored a cooperative research project with Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Waterways Experiment Station as participating laboratories. The work at Harvard University was under the direction of Arthur Casagrande, that at M.I.T. under the direction of Donald W. Taylor. The results of this program and of the various reports prepared by the cooperating agencies were reviewed by P. C. Rutledge, Northwestern University, and published in a progress report entitled “Soil Mechanics Fact Finding Survey, Triaxial Shear Research and Pressure Distribution Studies on Soils.” This report, published in April 1947 by the Waterways Experiment Station, and the individual reports referred to therein, together with certain practices developed at the Waterways Experiment Station since that time in testing compacted soils, form the basis for shear testing at the Soils Laboratory of the Waterways Experiment Station.

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Johnson, Stanley, J.
Dept. of the Army, Vicksburg, Miss.
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Developed by Committee: D04
Pages: 165–179
DOI: 10.1520/STP48413S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-6732-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-6503-8