For a soil that is contractive and strain softening at fully saturated conditions the question remains on which degree of saturation can trigger a strain softening response. A common engineering practice is to adopt a saturation threshold (e.g., 85%) and then assume a fully saturated response when saturation is above that value. This study aims to understand how the strain softening response change when tailings are not fully saturated and to propose a systematic method for determining the saturation threshold. A restraint when preparing unsaturated loose samples is that it is likely to have collapse during flashing, thus changing void ratio and making comparisons between different degrees of saturation problematic. A simple procedure to obtain loose samples at different degrees of saturation but at similar post-flushing void ratios is explained and preliminary results of undrained shear strength obtained for gold tailings in triaxial device are presented and discussed.
|Journal||E3S Web of Conferences|
|Publication status||Published - 24 Apr 2023|
|Event||8th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils, UNSAT 2023 - Milos, Greece|
Duration: 2 May 2023 → 5 May 2023