Effect of cementation on the small-strain parameters of sands

A. L. Fernandez*, J. C. Santamarina

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Natural cementation affects the properties of soils, the interpretation of in situ and laboratory test results, and the selection of criteria for geotechnical design. In this paper, published experimental studies are reviewed, a microscale analysis is presented of the effect of cementation on small-strain stiffness for distinct stress-cementation histories, and the effect of cementation on small-strain velocity and damping is experimentally studied. Observations include the prevailing effects of cementation over effective stress, the coexistence of frictional and viscous losses, and the effects of decementation when the medium is unloaded from the level of confinement prevailing during cementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-199
Number of pages9
JournalCanadian Geotechnical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Damping
  • Loading history
  • Sampling effects
  • Seismic response
  • Stiffness
  • Wave velocity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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