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Influence of Physical and Mineralogical Properties on Swelling of Soils in Yolo County, California1


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  1. Vol. 40 No. 4, p. 557-562
    Received: Dec 22, 1975
    Accepted: Mar 11, 1976

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  1. William M. Schafer and
  2. Michael J. Singer2



Surface samples from 16 California soils with a wide range of swelling characteristics were studied. The coefficient of linear extensibility (COLE) of each soil was correlated with other properties. Total clay content was highly correlated with COLE (r2 = 0.868) while the ratio of expandable clay/total clay (partial r2 = 0.454) also significantly affects swelling. The percent of expandable clay is the single variable best correlated with COLE (r2 = 0.907). Models established to predict COLE from other soil properties were selected from the literature and applied to these soils. Results are compared with measured COLE values, and a new model calculating COLE from interlayer expansion of the smectite fraction of soil is proposed.

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