An Introduction to Soil Mechanics and Foundations by C. R. Scott B.A., M.I.C.E., M.I.Struct.E. (auth.)

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The chemistry of clay minerals. Developments in Sedimentology, 15. Thecorrelation of surface area with other properties of 19 British clay soils. J. Soil Science, 18. GILLOT, J. E. 1968. Clay in engineering geology. Elsevier, Amsterdam. AvERY, B. W. and BuLLOCK, P. 1977. Mineralogy ofclayey soils in relation to soil classification. Soil Survey Technical Monograph No. 10, Rothamsted Experimental Station. 1 Pore pressure (u): The voids between the solid particles of soil are filled with fluid-either water or air or a combination of the two.

34 above, we have Yd = (1 - A) . G,yw G,w + 1 The lines for complete saturation, and for 5% and for 10% air void ratios are shown in Fig. 9. It will be seen that the maximum dry density occurs at about 5 % air void ratio (or about 85%-90% saturation). At this point much of the air remaining in the soil is in the form of small occluded bubbles, entirely surrounded by water, and held in position by surface tension. As the compaction proceeds, these bubbles become increasingly difficult to displace, and an increasing amount of the compactive effort results only in a momentary increase in pore pressure, so that there is less and less permanent volume change.

The fabric of a particular soil depends on the conditions during deposition, and on the subsequent history of chemical, physical, and stress changes which have occurred. The fabric is often a very significant feature in determining the behaviour of a particular soil under load. 22 Permeability: The permeability of a soil is a measure of the resistanC'e to movement of water through the voids. Clearly, this depends to a large extent on the proportion of the voids which is occupied by the adsorbed layers, since the water in these layers is bound in a more or less regular arrangement, and offers a large resistance to displacement.

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