Liquefaction Study of Cemented Sand

by Sam Frydman, (A.M.ASCE), Sr. Lect.; Faculty of Civ. Engrg., Technion, Haifa, Israel,
Benzion Shaal, Geomechanics Consulting Engineers, Haifa, Israel,
Rafael Baker, Faculty of Civ. Engrg., Technion, Haifa, Israel,
Joav Steinbach, (A.M.ASCE), Geotechnical Engr.; Formerly, Sargent & Lundy Engineers, Chicago, Ill.,
Harry Horn, (A.M.ASCE), Woodward Clyde Consultants, Clifton, N.J.,
David Hendron, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Project Engr.; Woodward Clyde Consultants, Clifton, N.J.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 3, Pg. 275-297

Document Type: Journal Paper


The paper describes some aspects of a liquefaction investigation of a variably cemented sandy profile. Due to the difficulty involved in extracting undisturbed samples for testing an evaluation was made of the use of standard penetration test results (i.e., blow counts) and samples in studying such profiles. A method of obtaining intact specimens for laboratory testing, by block sampling, freezing, and coring was developed, and cyclic triaxial tests performed on specimens obtained in this way provided cyclic strength data relevant for the soils encountered in the profile. These results were compared to those obtained by testing reconstituted specimens and were considered to be more relevant to in-situ conditions.

Subject Headings: Soil liquefaction | Triaxial tests | Cement | Soil cement | Penetration tests | Soil tests | Cyclic tests | Soil strength

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