Specimen Preparation and Cyclic Stability of Sands

by Richard S. Ladd, (A.M.ASCE), Assoc. and Lab. Dir.; Woodward-Clyde Consultants, Clifton, N.J.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 6, Pg. 535-547

Document Type: Journal Paper


The results of a study on the cyclic structural stability of saturated sands as determined by the cyclic triaxial strength test (liquefaction test) are presented. The results clearly demonstrate that the method of specimen preparation can significantly affect the cyclic behavior of sands, and this effect is most likely directly related to variances in the fabric of the sand. It is also concluded that a better understanding of the strain development characteristics of sands could play an important role in evaluating the results of cyclic triaxial strength tests.

Subject Headings: Triaxial tests | Soil strength | Cyclic strength | Cyclic tests | Soil stabilization | Sandy soils | Saturated soils | Soil liquefaction

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