This report describes the accomplishments of an 11-year research program conducted in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Public Works and the Federal Highway Administration. The primary objective of the research was to obtain fundamental information on the reliability of techniques for predicting deformation, pore pressures and stability of embankments placed on a thick depost of soft soil. Prediction techniques were evaluated by comparing predicted performance with performance measured primarily at two test sections, one of which was loaded to a stability failure on an embankment fill north of Boston. This report gives the main conclusions from the research in terms of how well different prediction techniques indicated actual performance. Tenative recommendations relative to design and construction are given for five topics: stability, deformations, pore pressures, research results in more detail are included.

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    • Sponsored by Massachusetts Department of Public Works in Cooperation with DOT, Federal Highway Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Civil Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Authors:
    • Marr, W A
    • Lambe, T W
  • Publication Date: 1976-6

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  • Pagination: 55 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00158093
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • ISBN: Res. Rpt. R76032
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-77-S0577 Final Rpt., FCP 40S3432
  • Contract Numbers: R12-2
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 13 1977 12:00AM