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Published March 1967 | Published
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A New Soil Testing Apparatus


Green (1967) has effectively stated the case regarding certain serious deficiencies of the Authors' new soil test box. Ko and Scott mention that small volumes of the sample at the corners and along the edges of the box may not be in a homogeneous stress state but did not consider this to be important. This would appear to represent simply an error in judgement. The Writer agrees with Green (1967) that the soil cube was appreciably restrained by the relatively stiff stainless steel spacing frame. The Authors offer insufficient evidence to support the conclusion that the stress state generated in the sample contained within the new soil test box was found to be uniform or the opinion that the present equipment measures the true deformational behaviour of the soil tested. The opinions of Green (1967) and those of the Writer can easily be verified analytically or through the performance of simple experiments. The following brief and approximate analysis based on the theory of elasticity analytically demonstrates the possible importance of edge restraint for a particular stress path and a cylindrical specimen. Fig. 1 (a) represents a free cylinder with homogeneous triaxial compression while Fig. l (b) represents the same cylinder subjected to identical vertical loads but laterally fixed at four vertical edges.

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