Publication Details

Heitor, A., Indraratna, B. & Rujikiatkamjorn, C. (2014). Role of the compaction energy level on the small strain stiffness of a silty sand soil subjected to wetting and drying. Unsaturated Soils: Research and Applications (UNSAT) (pp. 749-754). United Kingdom: CRC Press.


The dynamic properties of a soil are routinely quantified to describe its engineering behaviour under repeated loading. While the results of previous research studies indicate that the effect of changes in suction on the dynamic response is significant, only limited research has been engaged in the assessment of post-compacted changes in suction induced by cycles of wetting and drying. In this paper, aspects related to the dynamic properties with special reference to small strain shear modulus behaviour at different compaction energy levels are described and outlined. Particular emphasis is placed on the hysteric behaviour observed (i.e. amplitude of the hysteresis loop) and its dependence on the imparted compaction energy. The results not only confirm the importance of the recent suction ratio (or CSR) in governing the mechanical response at small strain, but they also indicate that higher compaction energy levels induce smaller hysteresis loops.