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Atterberg limits in relation to other properties of fine-grained soils
Bojana Dolinar, Stanislav Škrabl, 2013, original scientific article

Abstract: In soil mechanics the Atterberg limits are the most distinctive and the easiest property of fine-grained soils to measure. As they depend on the same physical factors as the other mechanical properties of soils, the values of the liquid and plastic limits would be a very convenient basis for their prediction. There are many studies concerning the use of the Atterberg limits in soil mechanics; however, their results vary considerably and are not generally applicable. This paper explains the main reasons for the different conclusions in these studies, which do not take into account the following: a) the water in fine-grained soils appears as interparticle and interaggregate pore water as well as adsorbed water onto the surfaces of clay minerals; b) the physical properties of fine-grained soils depend on the quantity of pore water only, because the adsorbed water is tightly tied on the clayʼs external and internal surfaces and thus cannot influence to them; c) the quantity of adsorbed water on the external surfaces of the clay minerals in soils depends mostly on the size and the quantity of the clay minerals, while the interlayer water quantity depends mostly on the quantity and the type of the swelling clay minerals in the soil composition and their exchangeable cations. From this it follows that for swelling and non-swelling soils, the uniform relationships between the Atterberg limits (which represent the total quantity of pore water and the adsorbed water onto the external and internal surfaces of clay minerals) and other physical properties does not exist. This paper presents some possibilities for the use of the Atterberg limits in predicting the soilʼs other properties for non-swelling and limited-swelling soils.
Keywords: Atterberg limits, specific surface area, undrained shear strength, compressibility, hydraulic conductivity
Published in DKUM: 14.06.2018; Views: 934; Downloads: 71
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Undrained shear strength of saturated cohesive soils depending on consolidation pressure and mineralogical properties
Bojana Dolinar, 2004, original scientific article

Abstract: The relationship between the water content and the undrained shear strength of finely grained soils can be described with a nonlinear function in which the type of soils is determined by two parameters. These parameters depend primarily on the size of clay minerals, their quantity in soil composition and the interlayer water quantity in expanding clay minerals. This article asserts that there exists also the exactly defined relationship also between the water content and consolidation pressure. In the function describing this relationship, the type of soil is determined by two parameters. They can be expressed depending on the same mineralogical properties of soils as the values of parameters in the function showing the relationship between the water content and the undrained shear strength. These findings allow us to express the ratio between undrained shear strength and consolidation pressure depending on mineralogical properties of soils.
Keywords: soil mechanics, properties of soils, clays, specific surface, undrained shear strenght, compressibility
Published in DKUM: 15.05.2018; Views: 1261; Downloads: 97
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The impact of mineral composition on compressibility of saturated soils
Bojana Dolinar, 2006, original scientific article

Abstract: This article analyses the impact of soils` mineral composition on their compressibility. Physical and chemical properties of minerals which influence the quantity of intergrain water in soils and, consequently, the compressibility of soils are established by considering the previous theoretical findings. Test results obtained on artificially prepared samples are used to determine the analytical relationship between the water content and stress state, depending on the mineralogical properties of the soils. A practical applicability of the established interdependence is verified on fiverandomly selected samples of natural soils. The selected approach to the analysis of the influence of soils composition on the water content at different stress states allows for the first time to establish generally validcriteria for determining such relationship.
Keywords: soil mechanics, clays, specific surface, compressibility, mineral composition
Published in DKUM: 30.05.2012; Views: 1644; Downloads: 102
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