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Title: Microscopic and mechanical properties of undistributed and remoulded red clay from Guiyang, China
Authors: Zhang, Yanzhao 
Pu, Shaoyun 
Dr. LI Yi Man, Rita 
Zhang, Jing 
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Scientific Reports, 2020, vol. 10, article no. 18003.
Journal: Scientific Reports 
Abstract: Unconsolidated-undrained (UU) tests were conducted to investigate the mechanical and morphological properties of undisturbed and remoulded red clay, with the microscopic characteristics determined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The microanalysis showed that the red clay aggregate was granular, curved-slice and thin layered and flower-shaped ellipsoid, with X and Y-type cracks and pores in the undisturbed red clay. Moreover, the contact modes of red clay aggregates were point contact, line contact, surface contact and mosaic contact. In addition, the main microstructure red clay was flocculation, honeycomb and pseudosphere structures. The pores in undisturbed soil were arranged in one direction, with no obvious directionality in remoulded red clay. The pore area, perimeter and maximum length of undisturbed red clay were smaller than those of remoulded red clay, with a larger probability entropy, probability distribution index and fractal dimension of pore distribution of undisturbed red clay than remoulded red clay. UU tests showed that the shear strength of undisturbed red clay was higher than that of remoulded red clay.
Description: Open Access
Type: Peer Reviewed Journal Article
ISSN: 2045-2322
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-71605-7
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