Soil Properties Evaluation from Centrifugal Models and Field Performance

by Frank C. Townsend, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611,
G. M. Norris, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-670-6 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-646-6 (ISBN-10), 1988, Soft Cover, Pg. 164

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GSP Geotechnical Special Publication (GSP) 17
Conference information: Session of ASCE National Convention | Nashville, Tennessee, United States | May 10, 1988

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


The performance of geotechnical projects is dependent upon the appropriateness of the design theory to the boundary conditions, and the characterization of the soil properties used in the theory. This publication focuses on the latter and presents papers that assess the reliance of soil property values selected as verified by field or centrifugal model observations. The papers on centrifugal modeling examine slope stability assessment due to phreatic surface elevations, or surcharge loadings on the slope crest. Centrifugal modeling was also used to evaluate settlements and capacities of shallow footings and large deformation consolidation of waste clays. Field performance papers discuss pile load test verification of designs based upon in situ tests. In addition, in situ tests were used to characterize seismic resistance, while visual observations evaluated braced cut performance.

Subject Headings: Soil properties | Field tests | Centrifuge models | Geotechnical models | Load tests | Soil settlement | Pile tests | Verification


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