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Is diatom earth a collapsible material?

Nagaraj, TS and Onitsuka, K and Tateishi, Y and Hong, Z (1998) Is diatom earth a collapsible material? In: International Symposium on Problematic Soils (IS-TOHOKU'98), Oct 28-30, 1998, Sendai, Japan.

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Abstract

Analysis of compressibility data of diatom earth and Ariake clay of similar water holding capacities has been made in this paper. Analysis suggests that in the case of clays with sheet minerals such as in Ariake clays, due to compression, cluster growth takes place, whereas with diatom earth the breakdown of cluster accounts for bilinear compression characteristics. It has been hypothesized that the interactive void ratio in the case of diatom earth is likely to be far smaller than that in the case of Ariake clay where most of the pore water is herd by micropores enclosed by clay particle clusters. In a way diatom earth reflects the behaviour of clay of very law physico-chemical potential with far reduced collapse potential. Even the compressibility at higher stress range both in undisturbed and remolded states are likely to be due to breakdown of clusters with little contribution from the physico - chemical potential. Diatom earth is not a collapsible material at stress levels of engineering interest despite the in -situ water content is at par or even higher than soft sensitive Ariake clay with comparatively low cementation consequently with pronounced collapsible potential.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to A A Balkema.
Department/Centre: Others
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2012 09:00
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2012 09:00
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/43970

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