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Fundamental basis of single-point liquid limit measurement approaches

Haigh, SK and Vardanega, PJ (2014) Fundamental basis of single-point liquid limit measurement approaches. Applied Clay Science, 102. pp. 8-14. ISSN 0169-1317

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Abstract

© 2014 Elsevier B.V. The liquid limit is defined as the point at which a clay's behaviour changes from liquid to plastic. This transition is in reality gradual, rather than sudden. The definition of when this transition has been crossed must therefore be determined based on some arbitrary criterion. The percussion cup method of determining liquid limit in the manner suggested by Atterberg and subsequently standardised by Casagrande determines liquid limit as the water content at which 25 standard blows are required to cause closure of a standard groove. In order to speed up the determination of the liquid limit, a single-point method is defined in ASTM D4318, and in many other codes, to interpret liquid limit from groove closure at a different number of blows by assuming a relationship between water content and the number of blows required for groove closure. These methods differ considerably between different codes of practice currently in use worldwide. This paper examines the procedures for single-point determination of the liquid limit and offers some fundamental explanations that underpin the applicability of these procedures. This paper demonstrates that the variation in single-point liquid limit procedures suggested by various codes of practice can be attributed to the variability of liquid limit devices, rather than to variation in the soils being tested.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div D > Geotechnical and Environmental
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:45
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 01:25
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