Characterization of the swelling potential of expansive clays using centrifuge technology

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2010-05
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Kuhn, Jeffrey Albin
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The characterization of the swell potential of expansive clay is complicated by the fact that traditional swell testing methods require an excessive amount of time for specimens to swell to their maximum heights. As a result, the practicing engineer has typically referred to correlations between swell potential and index properties rather than directly measuring swelling in a laboratory experiment. The purpose of this study is to evaluate an alternate testing method using a geotechnical centrifuge in an attempt to decrease the time required to evaluate the swell potential of expansive clays so that expermientally obtained swelling properties may be obtained within a reasonable time period. This study includes an experimental program involving a series of tests in which compacted clay specimens are flown in a cetrifuge and their heights are monitored as water infiltrates into them.

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