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IN THIS STUDY, WE INVESTIGATED THE PRECONSOLIDATION PRESSURE (PC) OF SEDIMENTARY SOFT ROCK AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH BRITTLE-DUCTILE TRANSITION (BDT) PRESSURE. WE PROPOSED A GENERALIZED PRECONSOLIDATION PRESSURE (PG) SUITABLE FOR BOTH SOIL AND SEDIMENTARY SOFT ROCK, WHICH IS DEFINED IN TERMS OF THE YIELD STRESS OF THE INITIAL SEDIMENT STRUCTURE UNDER CONFINED LATERAL COMPRESSION. WE THEN EXPLORED THE DIGENETIC EFFECT ON PG USING 24 SEDIMENT TYPES. NEXT, PG AND BDT PRESSURE WERE VERIFIED USING CONFINED COMPRESSION AND CONVENTIONAL TRIAXIAL TESTS, RESPECTIVELY, ON RED-BED SOFT ROCK IN THE DINGXI REGION OF CHINA. FINALLY, WE DISCUSSED THE BDT MECHANISM AND ANALYZED THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO CHARACTERISTIC PRESSURES FOR A GIVEN INITIAL YIELD SURFACE CONSIDERED STRUCTURAL STRENGTH. WE FOUND THAT THE RELATIONSHIP WAS DEPENDENT ON THE STRENGTH PARAMETERS, THE INITIAL STRUCTURAL STRENGTH, AND THE COEFFICIENT OF EARTH PRESSURE AT REST. THE FINDINGS OF THIS STUDY WILL HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE DETERMINATION OF BDT PRESSURE OF SEDIMENTARY ROCK IN FUTURE STUDIES.
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