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Compacted soil behaviour through changes of density, suction, and stiffness of soils with remoulding water content

Abstract : To better understand the overall hydromechanical behaviour of interlayer soil, the compaction behaviour of one of the two components — the portion of fines (<4 mm) that is sensitive to water content changes — was investigated. The standard Proctor compaction curves were first determined for the soils. Then, the maximum shear modulus, Gmax, and suction were measured on samples statically compacted at an identical dry density, but different remoulding water contents. The changes in Gmax reveal the existence of a characteristic water content corresponding to the maximum Gmax. The results also show that this characteristic water content increases with the soil plasticity, being similar to the variation trend of optimum water content with soil plasticity. A bimodal pattern was observed from the plot of total suction ψ versus the slope of water content w–log(ψ) curve. The suction corresponding to the maximum Gmax is close to the lowest point between the two peaks in the ψ–dw/dlog(ψ) curve. A reasonable explanation was attempted for the correspondence between the “optimum water content” defined by the maximum value of Gmax and the corresponding suction. The difference between the static and dynamic compactions was also explained in terms of suction values.
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Yu-Jun Cui, Tongwei Zhang, Nicolas Calon, Sofia Costa d'Aguiar, Francisco Lamas-Lopez. Compacted soil behaviour through changes of density, suction, and stiffness of soils with remoulding water content. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, NRC Research Press, 2018, 55 (2), pp.182-190. ⟨10.1139/cgj-2016-0628⟩. ⟨hal-01982071⟩

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