Geotechnical properties of transparent silica powders

Magued Iskander, Jinyuan Liu

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This chapter presents a comprehensive study of the geotechnical properties of transparent amorphous silica powders including shear strength, permeability, and consolidation. The stress-strain behavior under both normally consolidated and over consolidated conditions are similar to those of natural clays. The shear strength parameters and permeability of this material are within the reported values for natural clays. The consolidation behavior of transparent amorphous silica is similar to that of natural peat and organic clays, where secondary consolidation dominates the behavior. The material can be consolidated at various pressures to meet specific model test requirements in terms of strength, deformation, and permeability. It provides an excellent media to simulate macroscopic deformation and flow in clays using an optical set-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationModelling with Transparent soils
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages40
ISBN (Print)9783642025006
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering
ISSN (Print)1866-8755
ISSN (Electronic)1866-8763

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Mechanics of Materials


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