Measurement of Peat Soil Shear Strength Using Wenner Four-Point Probes and Vane Shear Strength Methods

Ahmad Afip, I. and Taib, S.N.L and Jusoff, K. and Afip, L.A. (2019) Measurement of Peat Soil Shear Strength Using Wenner Four-Point Probes and Vane Shear Strength Methods. International Journal of Geophysics, 2019. ISSN 1687-885X

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Abstract

The general objective of this research was to measure the peat soil shear strength using Wenner four-point probes and vane shear strength methods. Specifically, the objective of this study was two-fold, namely, (a) investigating the relationship between laboratory soil resistivity and undrained shear strength and (b) determineing the relationship between in-situ soil resistivity and undrained shear strength. Data were randomly collected over six locations in Meranek, Sarawak, for in-situ test and three repetitions for each data were set based on three parameters. The selected parameters were soil density, moisture content, and salinity for both laboratory and in-situ test using Wenner four-point probes and vane shear method. The soil resistivity and vane shear strength readings for laboratory test were correlated with soil salinity, moisture content, and density. The R 2 values showed a good correlation for soil salinity (R 2 =0.8468) and density (R 2 =0.9475), respectively. However, a weak correlation of R 2 =0.1205 was observed for soil moisture. The R 2 value for in-situ correlation between soil resistivity and three parameters (soil salinity, moisture content, and density) was R 2 =0.8916. It can be concluded that the peat soil shear strengths of the study area using Wenner four-point probes from in-situ were (4.38 ohm.m) and laboratory was (2.47 ohm.m) and when using the vane shear strength method, in-situ was (23 kPA) and laboratory was (5 kPA). This study implies that the peat soil of the study area can be categorized as texture (soft loamy soil) and it is suitable for agriculture instead of construction. The relationship established between Wenner four-point probes and vane shear method can be beneficial for ground engineering design to enhance investigation on site suitability. Future work on DUALEM-421 technique should be emphasised for better subsurface exploration accuracy and resolve peat depth for an in-situ test.

Item Type: E-Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Soils, Soil testing, Cemented soil, UNIMAS, university, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, IPTA, education, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: 1 Student
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2020 07:47
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2020 07:47
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/29651

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