Effect of Seismic Loading on Undrained Clay Creep

by Thomas L. Holzer, Asst. Prof. of Geology; Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT,
Kaare Höeg, (A.M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 1, Pg. 153-158

Document Type: Journal Paper


This note presents an investigation into the susceptibility of a silty clay of medium sensitivity to earthquake-induced creep. Using undisturbed samples of estuarine clay representative of the upper member of the youngest deposit underlying the body and margin of San Francisco Bay, a series of experiments was performed to determine the undrained compressive strength of the samples after seismic loading. Results are presented and conclusions described.

Subject Headings: Seismic loads | Seismic tests | Clays | Creep | Soil compression | Soil strength | Compressive strength | Silt

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