Some observations on the measurement of sensitivity of clays

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Journal titleProceedings of the American Society for Testing and Materials
Pages12391249; # of pages: 11
Subjectshear strength; clay soils; shear testing equipment; sol argileux; appareil de cisaillement
AbstractSensitivity is based on actual measurements of the undrained shear strength of a clay. It should accordingly be a better criterion to describe soil properties than measures such as the liquidity index. No critical values of sensitivity have appeared, however, that would distinguish a clay subject to earthflows from one that is not. It may be that the present methods of measuring sensitivity lack the necessary precision. In this paper, four methods of measuring sensitivity, the field vane, the unconfined compression test, the laboratory vane, and the fall-cone test are described in some detail. A comparison is made between the results of the four methods in the light of observations made on a number of borings in Leda clay. The sensitivities ranged from 1 to over 300. It was found that there was considerable discrepancy between the results obtained by the four methods.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number6665
NPARC number20375965
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