Anisotropic volumetric behaviour of opalinus clay shale upon suction variation

Alessio Ferrari, Alessio Ferrari, Minardi, Crisci, Laloui

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Opalinus clay shale is under consideration to serve as the host geomaterial for the underground storage of nuclear waste in Switzerland. Water retention behaviour and anisotropic behaviour represent two main features of this geomaterial; however, a comprehensive understanding of the interaction between these two features is still lacking. This paper aims to provide a detailed experimental analysis of the coupling between the water retention capacity and the anisotropic behaviour of two facies (shaly and sandy) of the Opalinus clay shale. The response of the tested geomaterials is characterised by an unequal swelling and shrinkage response in directions parallel and perpendicular to the bedding during wetting and drying episodes. Although the shaly facies showed a higher volumetric response to suction variations, the anisotropic behaviour is more pronounced for the sandy facies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-148
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

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