oa Civil Engineer in South Africa - The use of a modified liquid limit for swell prediction : technical paper



The existing methods for the identification and classification of expansive soils using the common soil classification parameters appear inadequate. This note proposes the use of a modified liquid limit that has already been successfully applied to predict California bearing ratio (CBR). The relationship between this 'equivalent' liquid limit, CBR swell and percentage clay for a series of synthetic soils is examined and the ensuing swell prediction equation shown to give satisfactory results for some natural soil samples.


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