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Raul Marsal Cordoba

Raul Jaime Marsal Córdoba, Argentine-born Mexican geotechnical engineer (Buenos Aires 11 January 1915 – Ciudad de Mexico 02 December 1990)

Stablished worldwide used criteria for design in built works with rockfillings.

Proposed Marsal method

Large scale testing of rockfill materials. Journal of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering. ASCE 93(2):27-43, 1967.


Proposed Marsal apparatus, a triaxial apparatus to test rockfill samples (1973)

Triaxial apparatus for testing rockfil samples. 2nd Panam. CSMFE, Brazil, vol. 2, 67, 1963.
Held at least 12 US patents.


Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award, American Society of Civil Engineers.


Unconfined compression and vane shear tests in volcanic lacustrine clay. Conference on Soils for Engineering Purposes, Mexico. ASTM SPT 232. Pp.229-241, 1957.


Behavior of a Sandy Uniform Soil During the Jaltipan Earthquake, Mexico. Proc. 5th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering. Paris. 3:229-233, 1961.


Stochastic processes in the grain skeleton or soils. Proc. 6th ICSMFE 1(1-2):303-307, 1965.


Grain Forces in Non-Cohesive Soils. Proc. 3rd Pan-Am.Conf.Soil Mech.Found. Engng. 1:227-247, 1967.   


With L. Ramírez de Arellano. Performance of El Infernillo Dam 1963-1966. J. Soil Mech. Found. Div. ASCE 93(4). Proc. Paper 5318, pp.265-298, 1967.


Mechanical properties of rockfill. In: Hirschfeld, R.C. & Poulos, S.J. (eds). Embankment Dam Engineering. Casagrande Volume. Wiley, New York. Pp.109-200, 1973.


With P. La Rochelle. Soil improvement. State of the art report. Proc. 10th ICSMFE 4. Stockholm, 1981.


With P. La Rochelle. Slope Stability. General report. Proc. 10th ICSMFE 4:485-505, Stockhom, 1981.