American Society of Civil Engineers

Quantification of Shear-Induced Wear on Curved Surfaces

by Andrew R. Fuggle, (School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 790 Atlantic Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30332 E-mail:, J. David Frost, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng., (Professor and Director, Georgia Tech Savannah, 210 Technology Circle, Savannah, GA 31407 E-mail:, and Mehmet Iscimen, (GeoSyntec Consultants, 1255 Roberts Blvd NW, Suite 200, Kennesaw, GA 30144 E-mail:
Section: Measurement of Soil Properties, pp. 1-6, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: GeoCongress 2006: Geotechnical Engineering in the Information Technology Age
Abstract: Micro-tunneling and pile driving are two example applications in which the surface roughness of construction materials may be significantly altered during installation. Quantification of this change in surface roughness as a result of large displacement shear-induced wear is a necessary precursor to achieving optimum interface design. This paper describes the results of an initial experimental study that investigated the change in surface roughness of curved interfaces as a result of shear-induced wear. Even for limited shear displacements, results show quantifiable changes in surface roughness and interface strength and demonstrate the importance of considering the shear-induced wear of construction materials.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Pile driving
Construction materials