Nonlinear creep and swelling behavior of bentonite mixed with different sand contents under oedometric condition

Fei Tong, Yin Jian-Hua

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Due to the viscous nature, especially the swelling property, bentonite is selected as buffer and backfill material for marine radioactive waste disposal. This article presents experimental results from one-dimensional oedometric compression tests with multi-stage loading and unloading=reloading on specimens of bentonite mixed with different sand contents. The sand contents are 50%, 60%, 70%, 80%, and 90%, respectively, in terms of the dry mass of sand over the dry mass of the mixture. Influences of sand contents on time-dependent stress-strain behavior of the bentonite-sand mixture under 1-D straining are examined with special attention to the nonlinear creep and swelling behavior. It is found that the bentonite-sand mixtures exhibit distinct nonlinear creep and swelling behavior that cannot be neglected. Moreover, a nonlinear creep function proposed by Yin (1999) for Hong Kong Marine Deposits has been modified to describe the nonlinear creep behavior of the bentonite-sand mixture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-363
Number of pages18
JournalMarine Georesources and Geotechnology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011


  • Bentonite
  • Creep
  • Oedometer
  • Sand
  • Stress-strain
  • Swelling
  • Time-dependent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Ocean Engineering

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