oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Recent experiences with the consolidation test as a means of identifying conditions of heaving or collapse of foundations on partially saturated soils



Much credit was due to the Authors for defining, for the first time in this country, the problem of 'collapsing sand' and also for proposing a method for the prediction of the behaviour of this treacherous material. The writer had been struck by the similarity of this soil to loess, in both consolidation and shear characteristics. Deposits of loess occurred in many countries, but the formation, mineralogy and particle sizes appeared to be quite different. A comparison of these other properties was beyond the scope of this discussion.


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