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SILVA, Taciano Oliveira da et al. Geotechnical soil classification systems: case study applied to the vcs 346 unpaved road, Viçosa, MG. Rev. Árvore [online]. 2010, vol.34, n.2, pp. 313-321. ISSN 0100-6762. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-67622010000200014.
This paper addresses a contribution to the traditional geotechnical soil classifications systems USC (Unified Soil Classification) and TRB (Transportation Research Board), and the MCT methodology (Miniature, Compacted, Tropical) applied to a case study involving the laboratory geotechnical characterization of disturbed samples from the subgrade of the VCS 346 municipal unpaved road, located in Viçosa - MG. The main goals of this study are to contribute to the formation of a database directed to the geotechnical classification of tropical soils as well as to verify possible groupings among the traditional classification systems and the MCT methodology. The laboratory testing program encompassed: (i) grain-size distribution; (ii) Atterberg limits (LL and PL); (iii) unit weight of solid mater; (iv) mini-MCV compaction; and (v) specimen loss of weight via water immersion. After soil samples classifications, the results of this research supports that several groupings between the traditional geotechnical classifications coincided with those proposed in MCT methodology, and considering the region of Viçosa's pedogenesis, regarding the group NG ' there was an addition of the groups SC, SM and CL from the USC System and of the group A-4 from the TRB System.
Keywords : Geotechnical soil classification systems; MCT methodology; Subgrade soils.