Correlation between cyclic resistance and shear-wave velocity for providence silts
Date of Original Version
As an alternative to a field-based liquefaction resistance approach, cyclic triaxial tests with bender elements were used to develop a new correlation between cyclic resistance ratio (CRR) and overburden stress-corrected shear-wave velocity (VS1) for two nonplastic silts obtained from Providence, Rhode Island. Samples of natural nonplastic silt were recovered by block sampling and from geotechnical borings/ split-spoon sampling. The data show that the correlation is independent of the soils' stress history as well as the method used to prepare the silt for cyclic testing. The laboratory results indicate that using the existing field-based CRR-VS1 correlations will significantly overestimate the cyclic resistance of the Providence silts. The strong dependency of the CRR-VS1 curves on soil type also suggests the necessity of developing silt-specific liquefaction resistance curves from laboratory cyclic tests performed on reconstituted samples. © ASCE 2008.
Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
Baxter, Christopher D., Aaron S. Bradshaw, Russell A. Green, and Jian Hua Wang. "Correlation between cyclic resistance and shear-wave velocity for providence silts." Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering 134, 1 (2008): 37-46. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)1090-0241(2008)134:1(37).