Static Properties of Lightly Cemented Sand

by Surendra K. Saxena, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Civ. Engrg. Dept., Illinois Inst. of Tech., Chicago, Ill.; formerly, Sr. Engr., Dames & Moore, Crawford, N.J.,
Roberto M. Lastrico, (M.ASCE), Sr. Engr.; Dames & Moore, Los Angeles, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 12, Pg. 1449-1464

Document Type: Journal Paper


The behavior of a light cemented sand is presented. The sand under investigation was from Vincentown Formation in New Jersey, and the cementing agent was calcite. The stress-strain behavior, the pore pressure response, and the stress path with strain plots indicate that the strength behavior of cemented sands is strain dependent. At low axial strains, below 1%, the cohesion caused by the calcite bonding between particles is the major component of strength. The cohesive shear strength is destroyed around 1% strain, and then the frictional strength becomes predominant. It was also observed that a very high confining stress can also destroy the cementation.

Subject Headings: Soil properties | Stress strain relations | Shear strength | Statics (mechanics) | Cement | Soil cement | Soil strength | Axial forces | New Jersey | United States

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