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Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering

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BRINK, G  and  HEYMANN, G. Soil collapse from an effective stress perspective. J. S. Afr. Inst. Civ. Eng. [online]. 2014, vol.56, n.3, pp.30-33. ISSN 2309-8775.

The behaviour of collapsible soil is often quantified by conducting a Collapse Potential Test or double oedometer test. However, these tests interpret the soil behaviour in terms of total stress, while it is well known that the behaviour of soil is governed by its effective stress. This article shows the results of a test conducted on undisturbed residual granite to study the collapse of the soil in terms of effective stress. The test was conducted in a modified oedometer which allowed the incremental addition of water to the sample during the test. The matric suction was quantified as a function of the moisture content of the soil during the test. The results indicate that the reduction in effective stress plays an important role during soil collapse. In addition it was found that much of the collapse settlement may be due to creep which occurs after the reduction in effective stress.

Keywords : creep; Collapse Potential Test; double oedometer test; effective stress; matric suction; soil collapse; unsaturated soil; vertical strain.

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