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Liquid Limit Of Kaolinitic Soils

Sridharan, A and Rao, SM and Murthy, NS (1988) Liquid Limit Of Kaolinitic Soils. In: Geotechnique, 38 (2). pp. 191-198.

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This paper elucidates the relative importance of soil structure and various compositional factors in influencing the liquid limit of natural kaolinitic soils. Earlier studies dealt with purified systems and anticipated that the liquid limit of the soils would increase with percentage clay size fraction and surface area, and that soils with a greater degree of paricle flocculation would possess a higher liquid limit than soils with a more parallel particle arrangement. The results revealed that the inter-particle attraction and repulsion forces have a prominent role in determining the liquid limit of kaolinitic soils. These forces determine the particle arrangement (clay fabric) which in turn regulates the liquid limit values. The influence of clay fabric was ascertained from the relationships of liquid limit with shrinkage limit and sediment volume (in water) values. It was anticipated that kaolinitic soils with a greater degree of particle flocculatin and a higher liquid limit would shrink less and occupy a higher sedimentation volume. As expected an increase in liquid limit was accompanied by an increase in shrinkage limit and sediment volume in water.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Geotechnique
Publisher: Thomas Telford
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Thomas Telford.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2010 10:33
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2018 07:43
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/32354

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