Arrested compression tests on two types of sand

Eduardo Suescun-Florez, Stephan Bless, Magued Iskander, Camilo Daza

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Silica sand and quartz sand were subjected to uniaxial loading and unloading at rates of 0.1/s and 0.0001/s. The particle size distribution was measured, and found to be significantly altered when peak strains were 10% or greater. The loading modulus for silica sand was bilinear, and suggestive of elastic-plastic behavior, where the plastic part is due to void closure. On unloading, the modulus is close to the loading “elastic” value. Coral sand is softer than silica sand on loading, and the modulus is almost constant and much less than for silica sand. Both types of sand are recovered with a higher density than can be obtained with the starting particle mix. This suggests particles have crushed and filled some of the voids. Indeed, reduction of mean particle size is verified from post-test analysis. Coral sand, which has the greater reduction in void content, also exhibits increased particle breakup.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDynamic Behavior of Materials - Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics
EditorsDan Casem, Jamie Kimberley, Leslie Lamberson
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783319411316
StatePublished - 2017
EventAnnual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, 2016 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Jun 6 2016Jun 9 2016

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series
ISSN (Print)2191-5644
ISSN (Electronic)2191-5652


OtherAnnual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Confined compression
  • Coral sand
  • Crushing
  • Porosity
  • Silica sand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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