Thermomechanical properties of deep argillaceous formations

TitleThermomechanical properties of deep argillaceous formations
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsC Del Olmo, V Fioravante, F Gera, T Hueckel, JC Mayor, and R Pellegrini
JournalEngineering Geology
Start Page87
Issue1-4 SPEC. ISS.
Pagination87 - 102
Date Published01/1996

A difficulty in the interpretation of mechanical and thermo-mechanical tests on specimens drawn from large argillaceous formations is the strong inhomogeneity of void ratio, clay minerals and carbonates content. In this paper a relationship is developed to link strength and the maximum preconsolidation stress to the initial void ratio and carbonate content. Compressibility is also correlated to carbonates. Thermal strains in drained and undrained conditions for a Spanish, a Belgian and an Italian natural clay are compared. In the elastic state strains are comparable, while in the plastic range thermal strains are highest for the Belgian clay, lower in the Spanish cemented clay and lowest in the Italian clay, very stiff and cemented.

Short TitleEngineering Geology