Title

Model test and theoretical analysis for soft soil foundations improved by prefabricated vertical drains

RIS ID

121442

Publication Details

Deng, Y., Liu, G., Indraratna, B., Rujikiatkamjorn, C. & Xie, K. (2017). Model test and theoretical analysis for soft soil foundations improved by prefabricated vertical drains. International Journal of Geomechanics, 17 (1), 1-12.

Abstract

Model testing for soft soil foundations with and without a prefabricated vertical drain (PVD) was performed to assess the consolidation and long-term performance of PVDs. Surface settlements and excess pore-water pressures at different depths were monitored throughout the applied multistage loading. Classical methods with improved solutions that considered variations in the discharge capacity and non-Darcian flow were applied via a back-analysis of the consolidation results. Parameters related to the smear effect and well resistance were discussed in these solutions. It was found that the foundation improved with PVD had an approximately 20% increase in the total degree of consolidation compared with untreated soft soil foundations; the well resistance of the PVD system not only existed but it also changed over time; the average discharge capacity in the model test under multistage loading condition was far less than the reported value; and the advanced solutions, especially the solution that considered the varied discharge capacity (with qw0 = 3 cm3 /s and Aw = 4.12 10−6 1/s), gained a better fitting result than the classical solution

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