MEASUREMENT OF SOIL TENSILE STRENGTH AND FACTORS AFFECTING ITS MEASUREMENTS

SURENDRA BAHADUR TAMRAKAR, TOSHIYUKI MITACHI, YASUO TOYOSAWA
2007 SOILS AND FOUNDATIONS  
This paper describes the tensile strength measured for three kinds of statically compacted unsaturated soils; mixtures of clay¿silt¿sand, Narita-sand and Kanto loam. Specimens were directly prepared either under controlled compaction stress or under controlled dry density by statically compacting them within the tensile mold of the apparatus. Image analysis was done to show the normality of tensile force to the tensile failure plane. Tensile strengths (qt) were compared with the unconˆned
more » ... ssive strengths (qu) for silt¿sand mixture, clay¿sand mixture, clay¿silt mixture and Narita sand, respectively. Increment in tensile strength (also qu W qt ratio) with the increase in the percentage and decrease in the size ofˆner soils could be seen. EŠects of number of compaction layers and tensile pulling rates on the q t were also examined. Increase in the tensile strength with the increase in the number of compaction layers was observed; and it was suggested to prepare the unsaturated compacted specimen by 3 to 4 layers compaction. Increase in tensile strength of 0.3 kPa and 0.003 kPa per one cycle of logarithm of tensile pulling rate was observed for clay¿sand-4 (1:3) and clay¿sand-5 (3:1) for the pulling rate of 0.01 to 1.0 mm W min.
doi:10.3208/sandf.47.911 fatcat:kfvuf6wprjbkpe2njvv3gnvloa