Engineering properties of non-plastic Silty sand

Wei F. Lee, Chun Chi Chen, Jing Wen Chen, Kenji Ishihara

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This paper aims to introduce research progress on liquefaction resistance and internal erosion features of non-plastic silty sand. Contents of this paper include the field application of a new sampling technique that would allow sensitive and high-fines content silty sand material to be retrieved in sounding condition; laboratory test results on liquefaction resistance of non-plastic silty sand emphasized on the influence of fines content; and finally, results of utilizing a specially designed test device, Flexible Wall Pin Hole Test Device, to investigate the internal erosion characteristics of non-plastic silty sand. It concludes that higher non-plastic fines content of silty sand would result in lower cyclic liquefaction resistance as well as higher internal erodibility. Moreover, the indicated trends would become more obvious when such non-plastic silty sand was subjected to disturbance. Results of this study will to improve engineers' understanding on engineering behavior of non-plastic silty sand.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-431
Number of pages11
JournalGeotechnical Special Publication
Issue number230
Publication statusPublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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