Structure and Strength Characteristics of Compacted Clays

by H. B. Seed,
C. K. Chan,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1959, Vol. 85, Issue 5, Pg. 87-128

Document Type: Journal Paper


The influence of soil structure on shrinkage, swelling, swell-pressures, stress-deformation characteristics, undrained strength, pore-water pressures and effective strength characteristics is described and examples of the relationships between composition and the 'as-compacted' strength of compacted clays are presented. The influence of shear strain on soil structure is demonstrated and used to explain the effect of various methods of compaction on soil strength characteristics.

Subject Headings: Soil strength | Compacted soils | Soil structures | Soil pressure | Soil stress | Structural strength | Shear strength | Clays

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