MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 337, 2021PanAm-Unsat 2021: 3rd Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Fundamentals and Experimental Investigations|
|Published online||26 April 2021|
Loading rate effect on mechanical properties of an unsaturated silty sand
1 Department of Civil Engineering, Ghent University, 9052 Zwijnaarde, Technologiepark 905, Guent, Belgium.
2 Faculty of Civil Engineering, San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca University, 573 Destacamento 317 Street, Sucre, Bolivia.
3 Laboratory of Geotechnics, Ghent University, 9052 Zwijnaarde, Technologiepark 905, Guent, Belgium.
4 Department of Environment, Ghent University, 653 Coupure links, B-9000, Guent, Belgium.
This paper presents the results of an experimental study on the effects of testing rate on stress-strain behavior and volumetric changes of soil. A series of suction-controlled triaxial tests has been performed on reconstituted specimens of a silty sand (SM), at different stress-rates and strain-rates, respectively. The stress-strain paths were applied by using a modified version of a Bishop and Wesley device (USPv2), capable of applying independently pore-water and air pressure at both ends of the soil sample. During the isotropic compression stages loading rates of 2 and 32 kPa/h have been applied under constant suction values of 15 and 45 kPa. The drained deviator stages were conducted at the same suction levels under strain rates of 0.25 and 2.50 %/h. Results are presented in terms of applied loading rates as a function of the specimens specific volume, preconsolidation pressure, soil compressibility and deviatoric stress against strain rate. A comparison of results was made to a former study, under similar testing conditions of suction and loading rates at University of Napoli Federico II. The effect of loading rate on the soil behavior seems to have an insignificant effect on the specific volume variations, for the imposed values during the testing campaign.
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