A large volume of reliable measurements of one dimensional settlement, observed in the laboratory and in the field for a wide variety of natural soil deposits, demonstrate that during secondary compression index may remain constant, decrease, or increase with time. This important body of observed data and associated explanations in terms of the law of compressibility have been apparently overlooked in attempts to describe secondary compression by means of mathematical formulas. Data are presented to illustrate the limitations of "first order rate equations" to describe secondary settlement.


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  • Accession Number: 00988168
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 5 2005 12:00AM