Interpretation of vane shear tests for geotechnical stability calculations

Kouretzis, George, Pineda, Jubert, Krabbenhoft, Kristian and Wilson, Lachlan
(2017) Interpretation of vane shear tests for geotechnical stability calculations. CANADIAN GEOTECHNICAL JOURNAL, 54 (12). pp. 1775-1780.

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<jats:p> In this note we consider the problem of calibrating failure criteria for short-term stability calculations based on the results of vane shear tests. Numerical and theoretical considerations supported by experimental data provide evidence that we can use the vane shear test to obtain the undrained strength of a sample tested under simple shear conditions at a normal stress equal to the horizontal effective stress at the given depth. Consequently, it is argued that there is no need to correct the field vane undrained strength to obtain the mobilized strength for embankment stability calculations, provided that soil strength is normalized to the normal effective stress acting on the slip surface and rate effects are properly considered. We further show that the standard Tresca failure criterion, albeit simplistic, will provide reasonable estimates of the mobilized strength if properly calibrated against field vane tests. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: vane shear, clays, undrained shear strength, stability analysis
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2020 16:26
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 01:12
DOI: 10.1139/cgj-2017-0209
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