Abstract

In this paper, a thermocouple psychrometric technique is used to measure soil suction and assess the reliability of a swell pressure prediction method. Kaolinite–bentonite clay mixtures were prepared to obtain expansive soils with a wide range of plasticities. Suction measurements using thermocouple psychrometers and constant volume swell tests in oedometers were made on statically compacted specimens. Soil suction–water content relationships were evaluated. The results indicate a linear relationship between the logarithm of initial soil suction and swell pressure measured in the oedometer. It has been shown that the method proposed by Johnson & Snethen for the prediction of swell pressure using suction measurements overestimates the ultimate swell pressure.

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