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Technical paper: Vane testing in soft clays

Report of British Geotechnical Society’s informal discussion held at the Institution of Civil Engineers on 8 June 1988. By M Mahmoud, MSc, DIC. This paper was first published in GE’s October 1988 edition.

Correlation of the simple vane test with other methods of measuring undrained shear strength has been subject of much debate. Current thinking on the complex behaviour of material in the shear zone is thoroughly explored in this report of the recent BGS meeting.

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