Abstract

Determination of the swelling pressure of six types of clayey soils obtained from northern Jordan were measured using three methods, the Free Swell method, Different Pressure method, and the Zero Swell method. These methods show different values in swelling pressure of the soil. For all six soils, the Free Swell method provided the highest value, whereas the Different Pressure method provided the lowest. Discrepancy in the value of swelling pressure among the methods increases with lower initial water content, higher plasticity index, and clay content. This paper compares the three different methods for evaluating soil swelling pressure and presents mathematical models to predict the soil swelling pressure for each method.

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