In the analysis presented here, a simplified expression for the average degree of consolidation and a probabilistic approach to the time versus settlement relation are developed for a homogeneous clay stratum. The total settlement and the average degree of consolidation are considered as random variables, and the probability density function of the latter is combined with the probability distribution for the total settlement to develop the probability distribution of the time versus settlement curve. Although this study includes a large variety of different soils, the specific influences of the soil origin, the sampling techniques, and the detailed testing procedures on the data are not explicity treated; Based on the probabilistic analysis reported here, the following conclusions can be advanced: The uncertainty associated with the evaluation of the coefficient of consolidation at a certain consolidation pressure can be adequatley described by a normal destribution. The reverse lognormal distribution with a location parmeter equal to one apperas to satisfactorily describe the average degree of consolidation. The time versus settlement relation can be expressed in a probabilistic design by a lognormal distribution. If the number of samples is reasonably large, the distribution of the time-dependent settlement ratio will be approximately normal, with the standard deviation being inversely proportional to the equivalent number of independent soil samples.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 81-84
  • Monograph Title: Soil mechanics: rutting in asphalt pavements, embankments on varved clays and foundations
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  • Accession Number: 00163005
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309025958
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 13 1977 12:00AM