geotechnical test Articles

  • Testing of Geotechnical Fabric for Use as Reinforcement

    Twenty-seven commercially available petrochemical-based geotechnical fabrics, both woven and nonwoven, and one fiberglass fabric were evaluated for suitability as reinforcement in an embankment test section to be constructed on soft foundation at Pinto Pass in Mobile Harbor, Ala. by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District. All fabrics were subjected to initial testing in uniaxial tension ...


    By ASTM International

  • Piezo Film Technology and Applications in Geotechnical Testing

    Piezo films are thin, piezoelectric membranes that can be used both as source or as receiver. They may be adapted to a variety of in situ and laboratory geotechnical testing needs. This paper summarizes fundamental concepts in piezo film technology and the physical properties of this material. The principles behind common utilizations are reviewed, and three geotechnical applications are ...


    By ASTM International

  • Geotechnical Properties of Municipal Solid Waste

    A geotechnical testing program was conducted to evaluate the engineering properties of aged solid waste samples retrieved from a landfill that began accepting waste as early as 1940. The conducted tests included water content, specific gravity, Atterberg limits, grain-size distribution, compaction, permeability, consolidation, triaxial, and direct shear. Maximum dry unit weight achieved using the ...


    By ASTM International

  • Geotechnical Properties of Expanded Shale Lightweight Aggregate

    In recent years lightweight aggregates are being used increasingly in geotechnical applications. This paper presents results of large-size one-dimensional compression and direct shear tests performed on lightweight aggregate. The compressibility and shear strength characteristics of the lightweight aggregate are compared with those of normal-weight aggregate using the same experimental setup. ...


    By ASTM International

  • Geotechnical Properties of the Maryland-Sanders Lunar Simulant

    Densely compacted Maryland-Sanders ground basalt was examined for the similarity of its geotechnical properties to those estimated for lunar regolith. Minimum and maximum densities fell within the upper range of those calculated to exist on the moon. Cone penetration resistances measured on specimens compressed to 80 and 100% relative densities bracket those reported for stress equivalent depths ...


    By ASTM International

  • Development of a Transparent Material to Model the Geotechnical Properties of Soils

    Measurement of three-dimensional deformation patterns and flow characteristics within a soil continuum are usually limited by the fact that soil sensors do not provide a continuous image of the measured continuum. Additionally, soil sensors exhibit static and dynamic characteristics that are different from those of the surrounding soils and therefore can change the response of the measured ...


    By ASTM International

  • Geotechnical Properties of Hackensack Valley Varved Clays of New Jersey

    A special testing program was conduted on 127-mm (5-in.) diameter samples of varved clay from Hackensack Meadows, the site of a glacial lake near Secaucus, New Jersey. The program included constant rate-of-strain consolidation tests, measurement of K0 versus OCR, permeability tests on cubic samples to determine kh/kv, undrained-unconsolidated triaxial compression tests run on specimens cut at ...


    By ASTM International

  • Changes in geotechnical properties of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in bioreactor landfill with degradation

    The objectives of the research described in this paper are to: study the composition of fresh Municipal Solid Waste (MSW); study the effects of decomposition on physical characteristics of MSW in bioreactor landfill. Initially, composition of the fresh MSW constituents was determined based on 14 bag MSW samples. Then, four small-scale bioreactor landfills were simulated in laboratory and samples ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Helical Probe Tests: Initial Test Calibration

    Helical test probes of different sizes suitable for shallow (1.8-m) in-situ soil exploration and compaction control were developed and tested in different soils alongside traditional in-situ tests, including Standard Penetration tests (SPT), cone penetration tests (CPT), dilatometer tests (DMT), and in-situ density tests. The helical probe test (HPT) is a quick and economical test, which can be ...


    By ASTM International

  • Fire access lane test

    The GEOBLOCK porous pavement system is a series of interlocking blocks designed to offer turf protection and load support in areas used by heavy vehicles. The blocks create a flexible structure bridge system within the topsoil layer to support and distribute concentrated loads. The system is used successfully for a wide range of applications, including emergency vehicle access lanes, auxiliary ...


    By Presto Geosystems

  • Summary of Lab Test Results on Gravelpave2

    The attached summary of laboratory tests on bare and sand filled rings presents compression resistance data relate to the load bearing capacity of our rings for various applications. Test Data from A.G.Wassenaar, Inc., Geotechnical Consultants, Denver, Colorado, 30 April 1991. This test used Forney Compression Testing Machine, 400,000 lb capacity, at rates of 200 lb/sec (unfilled rings) and 2000 ...


    By Invisible Structures, Inc.

  • Design and Testing of a Synthetic Clay Soil

    A synthetic clay soil mixture was designed and fabricated to comply with similitude requirements set forth in a dynamic scale-model pile group foundation test. The prototype soil was a stiff, fissured, overconsolidated clay soil at the University of Houston Pile Test Facility. The dynamic response of the model soil was determined through testing by resonant column/torsional simple shear methods ...


    By ASTM International

  • Summary of Lab Test Results on Slopetame2

    The attached summary of laboratory tests on bare and sand filled rings presents compression resistance data relate to the load bearing capacity of our rings for various applications. Test Data from A.G.Wassenaar, Inc., Geotechnical Consultants, Denver, Colorado, 30 April 1991. This test used Forney Compression Testing Machine, 400,000 lb capacity, at rates of 200 lb/sec (unfilled rings) and 2000 ...


    By Invisible Structures, Inc.

  • Summary of Lab Test Results on Grasspave2

    The attached summary of laboratory tests on bare and sand filled rings presents compression resistance data relate to the load bearing capacity of our rings for various applications. Test Data from A.G.Wassenaar, Inc., Geotechnical Consultants, Denver, Colorado, 30 April 1991. This test used Forney Compression Testing Machine, 400,000 lb capacity, at rates of 200 lb/sec (unfilled rings) and 2000 ...

  • Apparatus and Procedure for an In Situ Collapse Test

    Procedures for plate load testing in both shallow pits and at the bottom of a borehole are presented with descriptions of the required apparatus. The procedures were developed for collapsible soils but are expected to be useful for swelling soils as well. A key feature of the new procedures is that the wetted bulb of soil under the plate is controlled and its depth is measured at the end of the ...


    By ASTM International

  • Simulation of Climatic Conditions in Centrifuge Model Tests

    A review is presented of the need for simulation of effects associated with tide, rainfall, temperature variations, etc., in geotechnical centrifuge models. Interest in the overall theme was generated by a perceived need to model rainfall in long-term testing of models of an embankment which was otherwise found to dry out. The system used to overcome this particular problem is outlined, and ...


    By ASTM International

  • Hydrodynamic Aspects in the Rotating Clyinder Erosivity Test

    A comparison of different experimental installations used to study clay erosivity is presented. Flow in a rotating cylinder used in geotechnical laboratories is studied in detail. Analysis of the shear stress is presented, and conclusions are drawn as to the limitations of the quantitative evaluations of the critical shear stress in the rotating cylinder ...


    By ASTM International

  • Rigorous Theoretical Analysis of a Flow Pump Permeability Test

    With the growing importance of environmental issues in our society, extremely low-permeability geotechnical materials are being studied increasingly for their long-term stability and effectiveness in retarding the transport of hazardous wastes. Relatively rapid measurements of the permeability and specific storage of the materials, using relatively low hydraulic gradients, can be obtained with a ...


    By ASTM International

  • Strain-Rate Influence on the Interpretation of Plate Bearing Tests

    The effect of the rate of load application (or settlement application) during a plate bearing test, on the load-settlement relationships is examined. A series of plate bearing tests on clay demonstrated that when the loading rate increases the bearing capacity and the stiffness also increase. To quantify this increase, an exponential foundation model was proposed, which considers the clay as a ...


    By ASTM International

  • Preparation of Grouted Sand Specimens for Dynamic Testing

    Improvement of soil properties by means of chemical grouting, cement grouting, and cement/fly ash stabilization has been widely used in practical geotechnical applications. Knowledge of dynamic behavior of cemented soil is essential for seismic research and design. A laboratory testing program is conducted for determining the low-strain dynamic properties of artificially cemented soils. The major ...


    By ASTM International

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