Soil is a porous, multiphase, and loose medium, which is prone to serious disturbance by the activity of biological livings, accompanied with cracks and macro pores. These phenomena greatly affect the strength of soil and the degradation of land. Two different quantifiable values from X-ray computed tomography (CT) images are usually used to define the disturbance function for soil disturbed state strength: mean density (MD value) and standard deviation (SD value). Two types of disturbance functions are investigated quantitatively by CT-triaxial testing using four samples with different macro-pore sizes (disturbed samples) and one sample without a macro-pore (undisturbed sample). It is found that the shear strength of three disturbed samples with the same macro-pore size is close to each other. As with the shear strength, the SD value and its defined disturbance function have a similar correlation with the cross-sectional area of macro-pore. However, the MD value and its defined disturbance function have no regularity with the macro-pore size. Therefore, the disturbance function expressed in terms of the SD value is deemed more reasonable and appropriate in analyzing the soil disturbed state strength using the quantitative CT morphometry. While, the disturbance function defined by the MD value has often been used to characterize a rock damage.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)