Lateral Stress in Sands During Cyclic Loading

by T. Leslie Youd, (M.ASCE), Research Civ. Engr.; U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, Calif.,
Terry N. Craven, Civ. Engr.; Dames and Moore, Portland, Oreg.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 2, Pg. 217-221

Document Type: Journal Paper


This paper presents laboratory data on lateral stress changes in dry sand in response to cycling of vertical and shear loads. Lateral stress is expressed in terms of the coefficient of lateral stress, K, which is the ratio of horizontal normal stress, ψh, to the vertical normal stress, ψv. The data show the variation of K with initial void raito, eo, vertical loading history, and shear loading history.

Subject Headings: Lateral stress | Vertical loads | Lateral loads | Load history | Soil stress | Sandy soils | Cyclic loads | History

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