Stress Distributions in Triaxial Compression Samples

by William M. Kirkpatrick, (M.ASCE), Sr. Lect., Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.,
Roger K. Seals, (A.M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; West Virginia Univ., Morgantown, WV,
F. Barry Newman, (A.M.ASCE), Engr.; General Analytics, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 2, Pg. 190-196

Document Type: Journal Paper


A series of tests was performed whose objective was to measure stress distributions in triaxial compression samples with lubricated and nonlubricated end conditions. Results for both conditions are presented. Conclusions discuss compression testing techniques that represent near-ideal conditions for the reliable observation of stress-strain behavior in soil samples.

Subject Headings: Stress distribution | Triaxial loads | Compression tests | Compression | Triaxial tests | Soil compression | Stress strain relations | Compressive strength

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