Engineering Properties of Submarine Soils: State-of-the-Art Review

by Iraj Noorany, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; San Diego State Coll., and Consultant Woodward-Clyde & Assoc., San Diego, CA,
Stanley F. Gizienski, (F.ASCE), Exec. Vice Pres.; Woodward-CLyde & Assoc., San Diego, CA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 5, Pg. 1735-1762

Document Type: Journal Paper

Discussion: Valent Philip J. (See full record)
Discussion: Gambin Michel Ph. (See full record)


The slope of the application of soil mechanics to ocean engineering is reviewed. Topographic features of the oceans are briefly analyzed and methods of sampling sea-floor deposits as well as in-situ testing procedures are presented. The available data on index properties, shear strength and consolidation characteristics of near shore and deep-sea submarine soils are presented. Comparison is made between engineering properties of submarine soils and terrestrial soils.

Subject Headings: Soil properties | Ocean engineering | Submerging | Soil strength | Consolidated soils | Shear strength | Field tests | Slopes

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