An evaluation of strain softening of glacial tills as a result of pore pressure dynamics.

Ruth Harley, Laura Carse, David Hughes, Kaine Lynch, S. Lee Barbour

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Deep-seated progressive failures of cuttings in heavily overconsolidated clays have been observed in the field and are well documented, especially for London Clays (Potts, Kovacevic, & Vaughan, 1997; Smethurst, Powrie, & Clarke, 2006; Take, 2003), however, the process of softening and the development of a rupture surface in other clays, including the clay fraction of glacial tills, is still to be established. Recent decades have witnessed extreme weather conditions in Northern Ireland with dry summers and wet winters. The dynamics of this pore pressure variation can trigger strength reduction and progressive plastic straining, both of which will lead to slope failure. The aim of this research is to evaluate the effect of pore pressure variations on the deformation and long-term stability of large cuttings in glacial tills in Northern Ireland. This paper outlines the overall research program and presents initial laboratory findings (Carse, 2013).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventGeoMontreal 2013, 66th Canadian Geotechnical Conference - Quebec, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 29 Sep 201303 Oct 2013


ConferenceGeoMontreal 2013, 66th Canadian Geotechnical Conference


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