Analysis of Radial Consolidation Test Data Using a log-log Method

    Volume 32, Issue 2 (March 2009)

    ISSN: 0149-6115


    Published Online: 24 November 2008

    Page Count: 7

    Robinson, Retnamony G.
    Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai,

    (Received 29 January 2007; accepted 22 October 2008)


    Vertical drains are extensively used to accelerate the consolidation of soft clay deposits. Barron’s theory is usually used to analyze this problem, in which the drainage occurs in the radial direction. The important input parameter in Barron’s theory is the coefficient of radial consolidation (cr) and a rational assessment of cr is necessary for the economic design of vertical drains. While several methods exist for the determination of the coefficient of consolidation (cv) under vertical drainage, very few methods are available for the determination of cr. In this paper, a log-log method is proposed for the determination of cr from the experimental data obtained from consolidation tests under radial drainage, based on the characteristic feature observed from a log Ur versus log Tr plot for the equal strain condition. The validity of the method is evaluated by comparing the experimental data with the theory and comparing with the existing methods, such as the t method and the inflection point method. In addition, the parameters obtained based on the proposed method are used to analyze a large-scale experiment with a prefabricated vertical drain.

    Paper ID: GTJ101034

    DOI: 10.1520/GTJ101034

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    Title Analysis of Radial Consolidation Test Data Using a log-log Method
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    Committee D18