Strain-rate-dependent stress-strain behavior of overconsolidated Hong Kong marine clay

J. G. Zhu, Jianhua Yin

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A total number of 24 consolidated undrained triaxial shear tests on reconsolidated saturated Hong Kong marine clay (HKMC) have been performed in both compression and extension shear states. The specimens were prepared in four different overconsolidation ratios (OCRs) and sheared at three different axial strain rates. The strain-rate dependency of undrained shear strength, pore-water pressure, stress path, and secant Young's modulus are investigated. The influence of OCR on the stress-strain-strength behavior of HKMC is also examined. The results of all tests are presented and interpreted. The interpreted results are compared with the results in the literature. For the HKMC with OCR varying from 1 to 8, the average value of the strain-rate parameter ρ̄0.15is 5.5% for compression tests and 8.4% for extension tests. Most interpreted results are conclusive and consistent with the published results, whereas some results are not conclusive. A new parameter for describing the strain-rate dependency of undrained shear strength of overconsolidated soil is introduced.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1272-1282
Number of pages11
JournalCanadian Geotechnical Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000


  • Clay
  • Overconsolidated
  • Pore-water pressure
  • Shear strength
  • Strain-rate effects
  • Triaxial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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