Laboratory Investigation of Interface Shearing in Chalk

Chan, D. L.H., Buckley, R. M. , Liu, T. and Jardine, R. J. (2019) Laboratory Investigation of Interface Shearing in Chalk. In: 7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials (IS-Glasgow 2019), Glasgow, Scotland, 26-29 Jun 2019, (doi: 10.1051/e3sconf/20199213009)

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Chalk, a soft fine-grained Cretaceous limestone, is encountered across northern Europe where recent offshore windfarm, oil, gas and onshore developments have called for better foundation design methods, particularly for driven piles whose shaft capacities are controlled by an effective stress Coulomb interface failure criterion. Interface type and roughness is known to affect both interface friction angles, δ′ and the magnitude of dilation required for shaft failure to develop. Site-specific interface ring-shear tests are recommended for offshore pile design in sands and clays to account for driven pile shaft materials, roughnesses and shear displacements. However, few such tests have been reported for chalks and it is also unclear whether δ′ angle changes contribute to the striking axial capacity increases, or set-up, noted over time with piles driven in chalk. This paper describes an interface shear study on low-to-medium density chalk from the St. Nicholas-at-Wade research test site in Kent, UK, where extensive field driven pile studies have been conducted [1, 2]. Direct shear and Bishop ring shear apparatus were employed to investigate the influences of interface material and surface roughness, as well as ageing under constant normal effective stresses (σn'). It is shown that the high relative roughness of the interface compared to the chalk grain size results in the ultimate interface shearing angles falling close to the chalk-chalk shearing resistance angles. The δ′ angles also increased by up to 5° over 38 days of ageing.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Buckley, Dr Roisin
Authors: Chan, D. L.H., Buckley, R. M., Liu, T., and Jardine, R. J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Infrastructure and Environment
Copyright Holders:Copyright © The Authors
First Published:First published in E3S Web Conf. 92:13009
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