Engineering Behavior and Structure of Compacted Clay

by Laing Barden, Prof. of Soil Mech.; Univ. of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland,
Geoffrey R. Sides, Lect. in Soil Mech.; Univ. of Salford, Manchester, England,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 4, Pg. 1171-1200

Document Type: Journal Paper


The engineering properties of a compacted partly saturated clay have been determined in a comprehensive series of laboratory investigations. The results have been correlated with the previously published results of a large number of workers on other clays. Molding water content has been shown to have a dominant effect on a wide range of engine ring properties of a compacted clay soil. Microscopic examination of the soil structure has revealed that the major differences exist in the macrostructure, and these have been shown to account for the main variations in engineering behavior. The practical implications of the findings are summarized.

Subject Headings: Structural behavior | Soil structures | Compacted soils | Soil properties | Clays | Saturated soils | Soil water | Labor

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