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Effects of wetting-drying cycles on soil strength profile of a silty clay in micro-penetrometer tests

Abstract : A good understanding of the soil strength profile under wetting-drying (W-D) cycles is essential when studying the hydro-mechanical response of soils under the effects of precipitation evaporation. In this investigation, initially saturated slurry specimens were prepared subjected to three W-D cycles. A micro-penetrometer was used to characterize the effect of W-D cycles on soil mechanical behavior. Based on the obtained penetration curves (penetration resistance versus depth), the temporal-spatial evolution of soil strength under each drying path was analyzed discussed. The results show that the developed Micro-penetrometer is a simple, quick, economical reliable tool for identification of soil strength profile. Upon drying, as the water content is relatively high, the strength of soil is low uniform along the depth. The influence of evaporation is insignificant in the initial stage of drying even though a large amount of water is lost. After a low critical water content is reached, the strength of the upper soil layer increases rapidly, the overall strength generally increases exponentially with decreasing water content while decreases exponentially with increasing depth. The drying induced strength exhibits obvious delayed effect in profile. With increasing W-D cycles, the strength tends to decrease. The penetration curves change from typical mono-peak pattern to multi-peak pattern after the third W-D cycle, suggesting that the W-D cycles create more defects in soil microstructure intensify the heterogeneity of strength in profile. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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De-Yin Wang, Chao-Sheng Tang, Yu-Jun Cui, Bin Shi, Jian Li. Effects of wetting-drying cycles on soil strength profile of a silty clay in micro-penetrometer tests. Engineering Geology, 2016, 206, pp.60-70. ⟨10.1016/j.enggeo.2016.04.005⟩. ⟨hal-01573695⟩



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