An evaluation of the field vane test in sensitive clay

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Proceedings titleASTM Special Technical Publication
ConferenceVane Shear and Cone Pentration Resistance of In-Situ Soils, Oct. 31 - Nov. 5, 1965, Seattle, Washington, USA
Pages817; # of pages: 10
Subjectsensitive clay; shear testing equipment; field tests; shear tests; soil (material); vane shear test; field tests; clay (material)
AbstractFor the past 10 years, the Division of Building Research has employed the field vane apparatus to measure the undrained shear strength of the sensitive Leda clays of Eastern Canada, which have an overconsolidation of from 0.3 to 5.0 tons/ft[2]. The apparatus has also been used in the nearly normally consolidated varved clays of northern Ontario and Quebec. This paper summarizes this experience and attempts to assess the usefulness of the field vane in relation to other field evidence. For the soft, lightly overconsolidated clays (undrained shear strength less than 0. 5 tons/ft[2]), the field vane yields consistent undrained strengths which have correlated well with other field evidence. For stronger clays (overconsolidated from 3 to 5 tons/ft[2]), the value of field vane tests is questionable.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number9044
NPARC number20378193
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