Radial Flow Consolidation Testing

by S.J. Trautwein, Graduate Research Assistant; Civil Engineering Department, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX,
R.E. Olson, Professor; Civil Engineering Department, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX,
R.L. Thomas, Engineer; Phillips Petroleum Company, Bartlesville, OK,



Part of: From Soil Behavior Fundamentals to Innovations in Geotechnical Engineering: Honoring Roy E. Olson

Abstract: A radial flow consolidation cell that can be used with commercially available loading frames was developed and a series of tests were performed on samples of sedimented kaolin. Simple curve fitting methods are discussed for the calculation of the radial coefficient of consolidation for both radially inwards and outwards drainage using either free or equal strain theory. Test results indicated that consolidation is retarded due to a smear zone when rigid drains are used and that the free strain theory works better in reducing the data.

Copyright holder: Previously published in Proceedings, Tenth International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, A. A. Balkema, Vol. 1, Stockholm, 1981, 811-814

Subject Headings: Radiation | Radial flow | Load tests | Drainage | Strain | Consolidated soils | Sediment loads | Load factors

 

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