Role of Interparticle Forces in Development of Upper Plastic Limit of Clays

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THE standard laboratory test method in soil mechanics for determination of the liquid limit of clays (upper plastic limit) depends on the facility of movement of particles relative to one another under conditions created by the test procedure. An interpretation of the upper plastic limit of clays has recently been suggested1 in terms of distance between particles or structural units of particles wherein forces of interaction become sufficiently weak to allow slipping to occur.

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    Warkentin, B. P., Nature, 190, 287 (1961).

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    Mielenz, R. C., and King, M. E., Proc. First Nat. Conf. Clays and Clay Tech., California Bureau of Mines, Bull. 169, 218 (1955).

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    Warkentin, B. P., et al., Proc. Soil Sci. Soc. Amer., 21, 495 (1957).

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YONG, R., SELIG, E. Role of Interparticle Forces in Development of Upper Plastic Limit of Clays. Nature 191, 938–939 (1961). https://doi.org/10.1038/191938a0

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