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Factors influencing undrained strength of fine-grained soils at high water contents

Nagaraj, H.B.; Sravan, M.V.; Deepa, B.S.


H.B. Nagaraj

M.V. Sravan

B.S. Deepa



Understanding the undrained strength of fine-grained soils has been of interest to geotechnical researchers from many practical considerations. In several civil engineering applications, water content of soil is quite high being near or above the liquid limit of soils, and understanding the factors responsible for imparting the strength of soil at high water contents is of great significance. Recently, it has been reported in the literature that the shear strength of soils at these limiting water contents has significant variation. However, the reasons and the factors that probably influence for this variation have not been reported in the literature. This experimental investigation is an attempt in the direction of understanding the reasons for the variation in the undrained strength at higher limiting water content, namely liquid limit considering the various influencing factors like clay mineralogy and fine-sand content present in soil used for determining liquid limit. The results from this study are quite revealing and have been explained based on the mechanisms controlling the undrained strength at liquid limit.


Nagaraj, H., Sravan, M., & Deepa, B. (2018). Factors influencing undrained strength of fine-grained soils at high water contents. Geomechanics and Geoengineering, 13(4), 276-287.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 23, 2018
Online Publication Date Mar 8, 2018
Publication Date 2018-03
Deposit Date Sep 12, 2018
Journal Geomechanics and Geoengineering
Print ISSN 1748-6025
Electronic ISSN 1748-6033
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 4
Pages 276-287