(Received 20 May 2013; accepted 6 January 2014)
Published Online: 2014
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The slope method (Al-Zoubi, 2008, Geotech. Test. J., Vol. 31, No. 6, pp. 526–530) in which the coefficient of consolidation cv was expressed as function of the EOP settlement δp and slope m of the initial linear portion of the observed δt − √t curve is modified for improving the procedure used for estimating the EOP δp. The slope method EOP δp values were estimated using the point at which δt − √t curve starts to deviate from the initial linear portion. In this note, the EOP δp is determined based on a unique relationship between the ratio of the secant slope of δt − √t curve at 50 % consolidation to the secant slope at any time arbitrarily selected beyond the initial linear portion of the δt − √t curve (theoretically, at U ≥ 52.6%) and average degree of consolidation U. The modified slope method requires a minimum of four compression-time data points for better cv estimates. Two types of EOP settlement are identified; local EOP settlement δpi is obtained at a specific Ui value as is the case in the Taylor method and global EOP settlement δp is determined independently of any U value. The modified slope method yields δp and cv values quite similar to those of the Casagrande method.
Al-Zoubi, Mohammed Shukri
Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept., Faculty of Engineering, Mutah Univ.,
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