Experimental study of the relationship between matric suction and strength of unsaturated residual clay in Xiamen under different drying-wetting cycle paths
Chen, Dong X
Meng, Ming Xin
Luo, Ji Wei
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To discuss the relationship between matric suction and strength under different drying-wetting cycle paths of residual clay, soil water characteristic curve was determined by the filter paper method. The shear strength, unconfined compressive strength and matric suction were obtained during desorption and adsorption at the drying and wetting cycle. The experimental results show that the matric suction of soil specimens subjected to different drying and wetting cycle paths are different although at the same water content. Contributions of internal friction angle and cohesion to shear strength are different at different matric suction. In the low matric suction stage, matric suction mainly contribute to shear strength by affecting the cohesion, yet in the high matric suction stage by increasing both the internal friction angle and cohesion; in the transition matric suction stage, the contribution of cohesion decreases while the contribution of internal friction angle increases. Furthermore, the unconfined compressive strength of specimens subjected to the drying and wetting cycle path of desorption first and then adsorption is reduced and increase with the opposite path. Introduction ? (2014) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.