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Published January 1980 | public
Journal Article

Computer Modeling of Clay Structure and Mechanics


Clays are composed of small plate-shaped particles of clay mineral, with lateral dimensions of a few 10's of micrometers or less, many times their thickness. The structural arrangement of the platelets depends on the electrolytic environment of the water through which they settle, but it seems clear that under certain conditions, the structure is one of a more-or-less random arrangement of particles in generally edge-to-face contact.

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© 1980 American Society of Civil Engineers. Manuscript was submitted for review for possible publication on December 26, 1978. Discussion open until June 1, 1980. To extend the closing date one month, a written request must be ftled with the Manager of Technical and Professional Publications, ASCE. This paper is part of the copyrighted Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, Proceedings of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 106, No. GTI , January, 1980. A portion of this work was supported under NSF Grant No. ENG76-17911. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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