An attempt to monitor pore pressure changes in a block sample during and after sampling
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Original versionGeotechnique Letters. 2017, 7 (2), . 10.1680/jgele.16.00176
A soil sample goes through stress changes during and after sampling. Sensitive clays are affected by sample disturbance and stress changes have a great effect on the quality. The reduction of in-situ total stresses to zero causes the soil sample to develop a negative pore pressure, which is also referred to as residual effective stresses. In an ideal situation, a block sample shall retain its residual effective stress during sampling and storage, which prevents it from swelling. To study this, an attempt was made to monitor the pore pressure variations inside a block sample of soft, sensitive, low-plasticity clay during and after sampling. The pore pressure was measured continuously during the storage period of 3 days and the results were compared with a similar work. The findings suggest that the residual effective stress in block samples may be reduced in a matter of minutes after sampling. Testing performed on reference samples corroborate these storage effects.