The Canadian Liquefaction Experiment: an overview

Citation
P. Robertson et al., The Canadian Liquefaction Experiment: an overview, CAN GEOTECH, 37(3), 2000, pp. 499-504
Citations number
8
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Civil Engineering
Journal title
CANADIAN GEOTECHNICAL JOURNAL
ISSN journal
0008-3674 → ACNP
Volume
37
Issue
3
Year of publication
2000
Pages
499 - 504
Database
ISI
SICI code
0008-3674(200006)37:3<499:TCLEAO>2.0.ZU;2-8
Abstract
The Canadian geotechnical engineering community has completed a major colla borative 5 year research project entitled the Canadian Liquefaction Experim ent (CANLEX). The main objective of the project was to study the phenomenon of soil liquefaction, which can occur in saturated sandy soils and is char acterized by a large loss of strength or stiffness resulting in substantial deformations. In many areas of Canada, large structures are constructed on or comprise sandy soils, e.g., some major hydroelectricity earth dams and many tailings impoundments in the mining industry. The behaviour of loose s andy soils can be difficult to predict, but can have a significant financia l impact on these types of engineering structures. Consequently, the intent of the CANLEX project was to improve the overall understanding of soil liq uefaction. This paper provides an overview of the CANLEX project, outlining the project objectives, major achievements, and conclusions. Four companio n papers describe different aspects of the project; thus, together, the fiv e papers provide a summary of the CANLEX project.