Use of a downhole block sampler for very soft organic soils

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Title: Use of a downhole block sampler for very soft organic soils
Authors: Long, Michael (Michael M.)
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3069
Date: Sep-2006
Abstract: Techniques required to successfully obtain downhole block samples of typical very soft high plasticity organic clay from Ireland are described. The vane shear strength of the material is as low as 4 kPa. These included using a sampler penetration rate three times faster than normally adopted. Comparisons are made between the results of laboratory tests on Sherbrooke block samples, on two fixed piston tube samplers and on a continuous sampler. In addition idealised tube sampling strains were imposed on block sample specimens prior to shearing (ISA approach). Both approaches confirmed that the material studied could not survive tube sampling undamaged, unlike the findings of a recent study in the Netherlands on Dutch organic soil. Tube sampling was found to have a more significant effect on triaxial test parameters that on those from the 1D compression testing, where the behaviour of the block sample specimens and those from one of the two tube samplers were similar to in situ response. Increasing levels of disturbance were associated with progressively more dilatant behaviour.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: ASTM International
Copyright (published version): 2006 ASTM international
Keywords: Soft clays;Silts;Organic soil;Sampling;Disturbance;Laboratory tests;In situ behaviour
Subject LCSH: Clay--Sampling
Histosols--Sampling
Silt--Sampling
DOI: 10.1520/GTJ100201
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Urban Institute Ireland Research Collection
Critical Infrastructure Group Research Collection
Civil Engineering Research Collection

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