Shear Strength of an Anisotropically Consolidated Clay

by Bengt B. Broms,
M. V. Ratnam,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1963, Vol. 89, Issue 6, Pg. 1-26

Document Type: Journal Paper


The shear strength of a saturated, anisotropically consolidated, remolded clay has been investigated by means of hollow, cylindrical samples where the three applied principal stresses were varied independently. The apparent shear strength parameters, ∖a/' and c', were evaluated by means of consolidated-undrained tests with pore-pressure measurements. The test data were analyzed by the Coulomb-Mohr and the stress invariant failure theories. Neither theory was found to be entirely satisfactory in predicting the ultimate strength of an anisotropically consolidated clay.

Subject Headings: Shear strength | Soil strength | Consolidated soils | Saturated soils | Anisotropy | Clays | Stress analysis | Failure analysis

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