BEHAVIOR OF VERTICAL DRAIN IMPROVED SUBSOIL UNDER EMBANKMENT LOADING

In order to analyze the effect of vertical drains in plane strain condition, a new matching procedure based on well resistance is proposed. The advantage of this procedure is that it not only matches the average degree of horizontal consolidation in axisymmetric by plane strain condition, but also yields a more realistic excess pore pressure distribution in horizontal direction. The method was incorporated into finite element analysis, and it was demonstrated that half of the drain spacing could be modelled by one-column of elements. Then, an actual case history of an embankment on vertical drain improved subsoil was analyzed by the proposed method. It was shown that vertical drains have two effects on subsoils response: (1) increasing settlement rate, and (2) reducing lateral displacement. For the case analyzed, the vertical drain used was without a filter. For matching the surface settlement, a low discharge capacity of about 1.5 cubic m/year was found (fixed smear effect). The analysis results were compared with measured values, and it was found that discharge capacity may be reduced significantly with an increase of confining pressure on the sleeve (wall) of the drain. (A)

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    Japanese Society of Soil Mech & Foundation Engrs

    Tokyo,   Japan 
  • Authors:
    • Chai, J-C
    • Miura, N
    • SAKAJO, S
    • BERGADO, D
  • Publication Date: 1995

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 49-61
  • Serial:
    • SOILS AND FOUNDATIONS
    • Volume: 35
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: JAPANESE GEOTECHNICAL SOCIETY
    • ISSN: 0038-0806

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00726530
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1996 12:00AM