Quality assessment of a new in-mould slurry deposition method for triaxial specimen reconstitution of clean and silty sands

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Title: Quality assessment of a new in-mould slurry deposition method for triaxial specimen reconstitution of clean and silty sands
Authors: Dominguez-Quintans, C
Quinteros, VS
Carraro, JAH
Zdravkovic, L
Jardine, RJ
Item Type: Conference Paper
Abstract: An innovative specimen reconstitution technique for sandy and silty soils that simulates underwater deposition is presented and evaluated. The technique is an upgraded version for triaxial testing of the well-established slurry deposition method. This novel setup integrates the reconstitution mould and the mixing tube into a single unit to avoid transferring the sample from the mixing tube to the mould. This subtle, but critical, modification enables reconstitution of very loose specimens as sample transfer disturbance, which can be significant, is eliminated. The quality of specimens prepared by the new reconstitution method was assessed by experiments on a clean sand from the UK (Ham River sand) and a silty sand from Norway (Øysand). The method, as any slurry-based procedure, is capable of producing homogeneous specimens with high initial degree of saturation, even in the absence of back pressure. The procedure is shown to be suitable for sands with or without fines. Moreover, the new method is able to achieve a wide range of initial void ratios, from very loose to very dense, without imposing any particle crushing in the latter case.
Issue Date: 26-Jun-2019
Date of Acceptance: 2-Feb-2019
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/68380
Copyright Statement: This paper is embargoed until publication. Once published will be available fully open access.
Conference Name: 7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials - IS Glasgow 2019
Publication Status: Accepted
Start Date: 2019-06-26
Finish Date: 2019-06-28
Embargo Date: publication subject to indefinite embargo
Online Publication Date: 2019-06-26
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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