The Behavior at the Shrinkage Limit of Clay Undergoing Drying

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Courtesy of ASTM International

In this paper, possible links between the shrinkage limit and distinct changes in other properties of a clay soil undergoing drying are discussed. These properties include the volumetric air content of the soil, the heat of wetting, the tensile strength, the total suction, and the thermal resistivity of the soil. The distinct changes are of interest in themselves, and possible explanations for them are briefly discussed. For soil under extremely dry conditions, more importance should perhaps be attached to using the shrinkage limit as an index to changes in soil behavior, and this topic warrants further research.

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