Fines classification based on sensitivity to pore-fluid chemistry

Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
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Abstract

The 75-μm particle size is used to discriminate between fine and coarse grains. Further analysis of fine grains is typically based on the plasticity chart. Whereas pore-fluid-chemistry-dependent soil response is a salient and distinguishing characteristic of fine grains, pore-fluid chemistry is not addressed in current classification systems. Liquid limits obtained with electrically contrasting pore fluids (deionized water, 2-M NaCl brine, and kerosene) are combined to define the soil “electrical sensitivity.” Liquid limit and electrical sensitivity can be effectively used to classify fine grains according to their fluid-soil response into no-, low-, intermediate-, or high-plasticity fine grains of low, intermediate, or high electrical sensitivity. The proposed methodology benefits from the accumulated experience with liquid limit in the field and addresses the needs of a broader range of geotechnical engineering problems.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Fines classification based on sensitivity to pore-fluid chemistry
Series title Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001420
Volume 142
Issue 4
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher ASCE
Contributing office(s) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description Article 06015018; 8 p.
First page 1
Last page 8