Accession Number:

ADA285193

Title:

Normalization and Prediction of Geotechnical Properties Using the Cone Penetrometer Test (CPT)

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS GEOTECHNICAL LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

326.0

Abstract:

This research was to develop techniques for 1 stress normalization of CPT measurements and geotechnical properties and 2 CPT prediction of geotechnical properties using cone and sleeve friction resistance values. Stress normalization allows a variable geotechnical property to be reduced to an equivalent value at a standard confining stress. A new concept, the Stress Focus, was identified which provides a basis for understanding soil strength as a function of confining stress. This study demonstrated that sand friction angles for different initial relative densities converge to a Stress Focus at high confining stress approximately 100 atm, where the strength behavior is similar to that of a sedimentary rock. Dilation of dense sands decreases with increased confining stress until the Stress Focus is reached, as confirmed using historic high pressure triaxial test data as well with CPT measurements from laboratory chamber tests and uniform soil layers. The paths of convergence to the Stress Focus are exponentially related to confining stress and are the basis for development of CPT cone and sleeve friction resistance normalization techniques. The overburden stress at the Stress Focus is soil type dependent. The stress exponent for SPT normalization was shown to be equal to the CPT derived stress exponent. CPT correlations to geotechnical properties were established using both CPT cone resistance and friction ratio. Geotechnical properties, Stress exponent, Sand friction angles, Stress normalization, Soil strength

Subject Categories:

  • Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
  • Soil Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE