An Extreme-Value Model for Strength of Stiff Clays

by Kalankamary P. George, Univ of Mississippi, Dep of Civil, Engineering, University, MS, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Probabilistic Characterization of Soil Properties: Bridge Between Theory and Practice


The role of the distribution function in the safety analysis of soil structures is briefly discussed. Comparison of the two statistical distributions - normal and Weibull - reveals that Weibull distribution, because of its emphasis on defect structure, gives rise to relatively conservative designs in fissured clays.

Subject Headings: Soil strength | Distribution functions | Clays | Soil analysis | Structural strength | Structural safety | Soil structures

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