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Mechanisms controlling the undrained shear strength behaviour of clays

Sridharan, A and Prakash, K (1999) Mechanisms controlling the undrained shear strength behaviour of clays. In: Canadian Geotechnical Journal / Revue Canadienne de Géotechnique, 36 (6). pp. 1030-1038.

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The undrained shear strength behaviour of kaolinitic soils is shown to be quite opposite to that observed for montmorillonitic soils under different physico-chemical environments. The mechanism controlling the undrained shear strength behaviour of soils is a function of clay mineralogy of the soils. The present investigation proposes two mechanisms to explain the contradictory behaviour of kaolinitic and montmorillonitic soils under undrained conditions. The undrained shear strength of kaolinitic soils is a result of the net attractive forces and the mode of particle arrangement as governed by the interparticle forces, whereas that of montmorillonitic soils can be attributed to the viscous shear resistance of the double-layer water. The validity of the proposed mechanisms is confirmed by the results of the present investigation and those in the literature.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: clays;cohesion;fabric-structure of soils;friction;mineralogy;shear strength
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Depositing User: B.S Priyanka
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2004
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2012 09:57
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/1822

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