JOURNAL OF YANGTZE RIVER SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INSTI ›› 2020, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (5): 151-156.DOI: 10.11988/ckyyb.20191002

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Experimental Study on Shear Strength of Calcareous InterlayerSoil in the Third Member of Badong Formation

LIU Meng1, TENG Wei-fu1,2, XU Fei2, YUAN Xiang1   

  1. 1. Three Gorges Research Center for Geo-hazard of Ministry of Education,China University of Geosciences,Wuhan 430074, China;
    2. Faculty of Engineering, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China
  • Received:2019-08-14 Online:2020-05-01 Published:2020-06-10

Abstract: The weak interlayer soil between the marlstone and limestone in the third member of the Badong formation, which widely exists in Badong County of the Three Gorges Reservoir Area, was taken as research object. The effect of CaCO3 content (0%, 2%, 4%, 6%) on the shear strength of weak interlayer soil were studied via unconsolidated undrained triaxial test (UU). Moreover, the changes of internal porosity and cementation degree of soil samples before and after the triaxial test were observed using CT scanning. On such basis, the mechanism of shear strength variation of calcium-containing weak interlayer soil was analyzed. Results indicated that the shear strength of interlayer soil increased with the rising of CaCO3 content in soil samples because CaCO3 enhanced the internal friction angle of soil by reducing soil porosity and changing soil particle morphology. In the meantime, the cohesion of the soil was strengthened by improving the cementing ability of the soil, thereby increasing the shear strength. In addition, the change of cohesion was more affected by the content of CaCO3, while the change of internal friction angle was less affected by the CaCO3 content.

Key words: weak interlayer soil, shear strength, CaCO3, triaxial test, CT scanning, Badong formation

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