Empirical estimation of soil unit weight and undrained shear strength from shear wave velocity measurements

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Abstract

The main objective of this study is to establish useful empirical relationships to estimate engineering properties of soil in terms of geotechnical applications of shear wave velocity (Vs). Based on each special database compiled from globally well-documented geotechnical test sites, site-specific stress-normalized Vs and downhole-type shear wave mode are utilized for estimating soil unit weight and undrained shear strength, respectively. In addition, the application of proposed global empirical relationships is examined at two test sites (i.e., Australia and China) as independent case studies. The geological setting and geotechnical characterization of the two test sites are summarized and further discussions are described in detail. Using the proposed correlations, it is shown that field shear wave velocity measurements can offer reasonable profiles of the soil unit weight and undrained shear strength at given sites.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterisation, ISC 2016
PublisherAustralian Geomechanics Society
Pages1247-1252
Number of pages6
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9780994626127
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterisation, ISC 2016 - Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: Sep 5 2016Sep 9 2016

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterisation, ISC 2016
CountryAustralia
CityGold Coast
Period9/5/169/9/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Soil Science

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    Moon, S-W., & Ku, T. (2016). Empirical estimation of soil unit weight and undrained shear strength from shear wave velocity measurements. In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterisation, ISC 2016 (Vol. 2, pp. 1247-1252). Australian Geomechanics Society.