Mechanics of the Triaxial Test for Soils

by R.M. Haythornthwaite,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1960, Vol. 86, Issue 5, Pg. 35-62

Document Type: Journal Paper


Triaxial test is analyzed against background of plastic theory; it is shown that equilibrium conditions and failure criterion such as Coulomb's law are insufficient to define unique failure load, stress-strain relationship is also needed; problem is solved completely for ideally plastic material; significance of test data for sands and alternative yield criterion is suggested. (26 refs.)

Subject Headings: Triaxial tests | Load tests | Failure analysis | Failure loads | Material failures | Soil tests | Triaxial loads | Plastics

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