Consolidation of a Finite Transversely Isotropic Soil Layer on a Rough Impervious Base

A semianalytical solution to axisymmetric consolidation of a transversely isotropic soil layer resting on a rough impervious base and subjected to a uniform circular pressure at the ground surface is presented. The analysis uses Biot's fully coupled consolidation theory for a transversely isotropic soil. The general solutions for the governing consolidation equations are derived by applying the Hankel and Laplace transform techniques. These general solutions are then used to solve the corresponding boundary value problem for the consolidation of a transversely isotropic soil layer. Once solutions in the transformed domain have been found, the actual solutions in the physical domain for displacements and stress components of the solid matrix, pore-water pressure and fluid discharge can finally be obtained by direct numerical inversions of the integral transforms. The accuracy of the present numerical solutions is confirmed by comparison with an existing exact solution for an isotropic and saturated soil that is a special case of the more general problem addressed. Further, some numerical results are presented to show the influence of the nature of material anisotropy, the surface drainage condition, and the layer thickness on the consolidation settlement and the pore pressure dissipation.

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    • Chen, S L
    • Zhang, L M
    • Chen, L Z
  • Publication Date: 2005-12


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  • Accession Number: 01014785
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 13 2005 3:26PM