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Standard Test Method for Unconfined Compressive Strength of Cohesive Soil
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1.1 This test method covers the determination of the unconfined compressive strength of cohesive soil in the undisturbed, remolded, or compacted condition, using strain-controlled application of the axial load.
1.2 This test method provides an approximate value of the strength of cohesive soils in terms of total stresses.
1.3 This test method is applicable only to cohesive materials which will not expel or bleed water (water expelled from the soil due to deformation or compaction) during the loading portion of the test and which will retain intrinsic strength after removal of confining pressures, such as clays or cemented soils. Dry and crumbly soils, fissured or varved materials, silts, peats, and sands cannot be tested with this method to obtain valid unconfined compression strength values.
Note 1--The determination of the unconsolidated, undrained strength of cohesive soils with lateral confinement is covered by Test Method D 2850.
1.4 This test method is not a substitute for Test Method D2850.
1.5 All observed and calculated values shall conform to the guidelines for significant digits and rounding established in Practice D6026.
1.5.1 The procedures used to specify how data are collected/recorded and calculated in this test method are regarded as the industry standard. In addition, they are representative of the significant digits that should generally be retained. The procedures used do not consider material variation, purpose for obtaining the data, special purpose studies, or any considerations for the user's objectives; and it is common practice to increase or reduce significant digits of reported data to commensurate with these considerations. It is beyond the scope of this test method to consider significant digits used in analysis methods for engineering design.
1.6 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values stated in inch-pound units are approximate.
1.7 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
cohesive soil; sensitivity; strain-controlled loading; strength; stress-strain relationships; unconfined compression; ICS Number Code 93.020 (Earth works. Excavations. Foundation construction. Underground works)
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July 26, 1985