The Theory of One-Dimensional Consolidation of Saturated Clays

by Robert L. Schiffman, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
Vincenzo Pane, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
Robert E. Gibson, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Sedimentation Consolidation Models—Predictions and Validation


The theory of nonlinear finite strain consolidation is reviewed. A modification of the effective stress equation to account of settling and consolidation as a unified phenomenon is proposed. Nonlinear finite strain effects are presented in the context of examples taken from marine geotechnology, marine geology, and phosphate mine waste planning. A discussion is presented of the limiting assumptions and postulates of current theory. Suggestions are made of problem areas.

Subject Headings: Consolidated soils | Saturated soils | Clays | Soil treatment | Soil settlement | Effective stress | Mine wastes | Sediment | Gulf of Mexico

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