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Laboratory testing of muds

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Journal publication date09/1991
JournalGeo-Marine letters
Journal number3-4
Volume11
Number of pages5
Pages138-142
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The equipment and techniques used at H. R. Wallingford Limited (HR) for testing the properties of estuarine muds are described. Erosion under unidirectional currents is measured in an annular flume; a relationship between shear strength, tau(e), and density, rho(d), is determined in the form: tau(e) = a rho(d)b. Self-weight consolidation tests are run in settling columns, with density profiles and excess pore pressures measured during the consolidation period. An empirical relationship between effective stress, sigma', and density is determined in the form: sigma' = a0 + a1-rho + a2-rho-2. Permeability, k, against density is determined in the form: log(k) = c0 + c1-rho.