Sedimentation and Self Weight Consolidation of Dredge Spoil

by T. W. Lin, Miller Consulting Engineers, Riverton, WY, USA,
R. A. Lohnes, Miller Consulting Engineers, Riverton, WY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Sedimentation Consolidation Models—Predictions and Validation


Test results suggest that self weight consolidation begins when an interface forms in the settlement column and the slurry reaches a critical concentration as a result of the solid particles becoming locked into a three dimensional lattice. The rate of settlement for a specific material is characterized by a coefficient of consolidation and a graphical method for determining the coefficient is outlined.

Subject Headings: Consolidated soils | Dredged materials | Soil settlement | Materials characterization | Structural settlement | Suspended sediment | Columns | Solid mechanics

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