Fundamental Aspects of Thixotropy in Soils

by J.M. Mitchell,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1960, Vol. 86, Issue 3, Pg. 19-52

Document Type: Journal Paper


Thixotropic phenomena and previous investigations on behavior of thixotropic systems are summarized; hypothesis for thixotropic behavior based on initial nonequilibrium of interparticle forces after remolding or compaction, and effects of nonequilibrium on subsequent structure changes within soil, is offered as possible explanation of phenomenon; thixotropic strength increases warrant consideration in design. (31 refs.)

Subject Headings: Compacted soils | Soil strength | Soil structures | Structural strength

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