Experimental approach to estimate strength for compacted geomaterials at low confining pressure

Byeong Su Kim, Shoji Kato, Seong Wan Park

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It is important to estimate the shear strength of shallow compacted soils as a construction material. A series of constant water content triaxial compression (CWCC) tests under low confining state in this study were performed on compacted geomaterials. For establishing a relationship of the shear strengths between saturated and unsaturated states on compacted geomaterials, the suction stresses were derived by two methods: The conventional suction-measured method and the Suction stress-SWRC Method (SSM). Considering the suction stress as an equivalent confining stress component in the (σnet, τ) plane, it was found that the peak deviator stress states agree well with the failure line of the saturated state from the triaxial compression test when the SSM is applied to obtain the suction stress. On the other hand, the cavitation phenomenon on the measurement of suction affected the results of the conventional suction-measured method. These results mean that the SSM is distinctly favorable for obtaining the suction value in the CWCC test because the SSM is not restricted by the cavitation phenomenon. It is expected that the application of the SSM would reduce the time required, and the projected cost with the additional equipment such as a pore water measuring device in the CWCC test.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-469
Number of pages11
JournalGeomechanics and Engineering
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Aug 10 2019


  • Compacted geomaterials
  • Shear strength
  • Soil-water retention curve
  • Suction stress
  • Suction stress-SWRC Method (SSM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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