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ANALYSIS OF A LARGE DATABASE OF GCL-GEOMEMBRANE INTERFACE SHEAR STRENGTH RESULTS (2009)
A database of 534 large-scale direct shear test results was assembled in this study to evaluate the interface shear strength between geosynthetic clay liners GCLs and geomembranes GMs . The tests were conducted between 1992 and 2003 by a single independent laboratory using procedures consistent with current testing standards. The number of results in the database allowed quantification of the impact of GCL type, GM type, normal stress, and procedures for specimen hydration and consolidation on the shear strength of GCL-GM interfaces, as well as identification of sources of shear strength variability. The interface shear strength was found to be sensitive to the type of GCL internal reinforcement, GM polymer, and GM texturing, but not to the GM thickness or manufacturer.
Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 134, No. 2, February, 2009
University of Colorado at Boulder, USA