Critical state parameters of Kentucky clay

Melanie R. Anderkin, L. Sebastian Bryson

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This paper examines the critical state parameters of clays typical to the physiographic regions of Kentucky, a state located in the southeastern United States. The critical state model is unique due to the fact that it links the soil consolidation characteristics with shear strength properties allowing prediction of soil behavior at various loading states. The critical state strength parameters for the clays are presented and well-established engineering material property correlations are translated into critical state representation, particularly those correlations that relate consolidation index and recompression index to liquid limit and specific gravity. The Kentucky clay soil parameters are then compared to these representations. Finally, new relationships correlating critical state parameters to consistency limits and particle size analysis are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoil Behavior and Geo-Micromechanics - Proceedings of the 2010 GeoShanghai International Conference
Number of pages7
Edition200 GSP
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 GeoShanghai International Conference - Soil Behavior and Geo-Micromechanics - Shanghai, China
Duration: Jun 3 2010Jun 5 2010

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
Number200 GSP
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


Conference2010 GeoShanghai International Conference - Soil Behavior and Geo-Micromechanics


  • Clays
  • Kentucky
  • Parameters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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