Prediction of Swelling Potential for Natural Soils

by Sudipta S. Bandyopadhyay, (M.ASCE),

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 5, Pg. 658-661

Document Type: Journal Paper


Knowledge of swelling potential for natural soils and the identification of potentially expansive natural soils at the outset of an investigation is of essential necessity in the design of highways, building foundations, hydraulic structures, underground utilities, dams, and earth retaining structures. In the United States alone, the coast of the damages caused by expansive soils amounts to some $2.3 billion annually — more than twice the damage from floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.

Subject Headings: Expansive soils | Underground structures | Building design | Foundation design | Highway and road design | Hydraulic design | Dam foundations | Retaining structures | United States

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