Cone Penetration of Granular and Cohesive Soils

by Raymond N.Y. Yong, (M.ASCE), William Scott Prof. of Civ. Engrg. and Applied Mechanics; McGill Univ., Montreal, Canada,
Choong-Kong Chen, Sr. Engr.; R.J. Brown and Assocs., Singapore, Malaysia; formerly, Grad. Research Asst., Dept. of Civ. Engrg. and Applied Mechanics, McGill Univ., Montreal, Canada,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 2, Pg. 345-363

Document Type: Journal Paper


The mechanics of rigid cone penetration into granular and cohesive soils is developed in three-dimensional form along limit equilibrium principles with solution sought through the method of characteristics. The use of a stress discontinuity condition is required to allow for solution of the problem in situations where abrupt changes in the deforming soil material occur. Comparison of generated forces and failure planes, between experimentally obtained results, and theoretical predictions show good agreement.

Subject Headings: Penetration tests | Granular soils | Soil deformation | Limit equilibrium | Discontinuities | Soil stress | Comparative studies | Failure analysis

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