Consolidation of Fibrous Peat

by Peter L. Berry, Lect. in Soil Mechanics; Univ. of Salford, Salford, England,
Brian Vickers, Sr. Lect. in Engrg.; Bolton Inst. of Tech., Bolton, England,

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 8, Pg. 741-753

Document Type: Journal Paper


A series of single increment vertical consolidation tests have been conducted on undisturbed samples of fibrous peat in the 10-in. (250-mm) diam Rowe cell. The results have been assessed in the light of a recently developed theory by Berry and Poskitt. Close agreement is obtained between the observed and predicted rates of settlement and pore pressure dissipation. The decrease in vertical permeability during a consolidation process is of the order of 10³. As a result, the coefficient of vertical consolidation decreases markedly during a consolidation increment.

Subject Headings: Agreements and treaties | Pore pressure

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