Current research on dynamic shear behavior of geosynthetic clay liners

P. J. Fox, J. T. Olsta

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A research program is described for measurement of the shear behavior of geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs) and GCL interfaces under dynamic loading conditions. A state-of-the-art, large-scale dynamic direct shear machine is currently being constructed for the project that has the capability to test rectangular GCL specimens measuring 0.3 × 1.1 m (12 × 42 in.). The device has a maximum shear displacement of 254 mm (10 in.), a maximum normal stress of 2,400 kPa (50,000 psf), a maximum shear stress of 750 kPa (15,700 psf), and the capability to impart sinusoidal shearing with a displacement amplitude of 25 mm (1.0 in.) at a frequency of 5 Hz. This paper describes the objectives of the research program, the equipment under construction, and the dynamic shearing tests to be conducted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4183-4189
Number of pages7
JournalGeotechnical Special Publication
Issue number130-142
StatePublished - 2005
EventGeo-Frontiers 2005 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Jan 24 2005Jan 26 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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