SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1986

Side Friction in Consolidation Tests on Fibrous Peat


Consolidation tests have been conducted on a fibrous peat using a 254-mm-diameter hydraulic oedometer which was modified to accommodate force and pressure transducers. These transducers were used to evaluate the side friction acting on the peat and to record the distribution of applied pressure across the width of a specimen. The peat specimens were subjected to consolidation pressure in the range of 20 to 120 kN/m2. Significant side friction was recorded (up to 50% of the applied pressure) even when the insides of the oedometer were smeared with grease.

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Sarsby, RW
Bolton Institute of Higher Education, Bolton, England
Vickers, B
Bolton Institute of Higher Education, Bolton, England
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Developed by Committee: D18
Pages: 485–489
DOI: 10.1520/STP34629S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4962-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0446-4