AuthorMuller, Eugene, 1951-
AdvisorNowatzki, Edward A.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractA modified plate load (MPL) test was developed to measure the in situ cohesion of a carbonate or caliche cemented soil. The MPL test was performed on the crest of a vertical cut in alluvial soil with a steel plate loaded until the soil failed. A three-dimensional slope stability analysis was then used to back calculate soil cohesion. In situ test results were used in conjunction with laboratory testing of deaggregated soils samples to completely define the Mohr-Coulomb strength parameters of the in situ soil. In order to check the result of the in situ test procedure, the field test conditions were modeled for use in a two-dimensional slope stability analysis using the computer program CSLIP1. A comparison of the results shows reasonable values of soil cohesion were obtained using the MPL test method.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics