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The undrained strength - liquidity index relationship

Vardanega, PJ and Haigh, SK (2014) The undrained strength - liquidity index relationship. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 51. pp. 1073-1086. ISSN 0008-3674

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A database of 641 fall cone tests on 101 soil samples from 12 countries has been analysed to determine the best mathematical relationship linking undrained shear strength with liquidity index. From the database, it is shown that the use of a linear relationship linking liquidity index and the logarithm of undrained shear strength that uses the commonly assumed 100-fold factor increase in strength from the liquid to plastic limit overpredicts the measured data of soil strength. The use of a factor of about 35 for the ratio between the strength at liquid limit and that extrapolated to the plastic limit is shown to be more realistic. Logarithmic liquidity index is examined and found to also correlate strongly with the logarithm of undrained shear strength; however, it is shown that no great statistical improvement is present compared with the semi-logarithmic formulation. When considering data of individual soils a power law fitting is statistically shown to be the preferred mathematical function.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div D > Geotechnical and Environmental
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:05
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2020 04:51
DOI: 10.1139/cgj-2013-0169