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Direct shear tests on Mexico City clay with reference to friction pile behaviour

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This paper presents results of static and cyclic direct shear tests performed on undisturbed and remoulded samples of Mexico City clays, including results of ‘soil-on-interface’ tests. Experiments show that the static adhesion coefficient depends on the soils' liquidity index and that it diminishes due to the effect of repeated dynamic loads. Dynamic overstrength effects were not apparent, as has been observed when testing this clay in other apparatus. Interface strength in remoulded clays is initially less than half the strength of interfaces with undisturbed materials but it increases with time. At least in the materials tested in this research, it did not equal the strength of interfaces with undisturbed materials. Correction factors derived from experimental data can be used to modify the adhesion coefficient to account for dynamic and remoulding effects.

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Ovando-Shelley, E. Direct shear tests on Mexico City clay with reference to friction pile behaviour. Geotech Geol Eng 13, 1–16 (1995). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00600520

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Keywords

  • Direct shear
  • interface shear
  • cyclic
  • piles
  • Mexico City clay