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Soft soil improvement through consolidation: an overview
Faculty of Engineering - Papers (Archive)
  • Jian Chu, Iowa State University
  • Buddhima Indraratna, University of Wollongong
  • Shuwang Yan, Tianjin University
  • Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn, University of Wollongong
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Chu, J., Indraratna, B., Yan, S. & Rujikiatkamjorn, C. (2013). Soft soil improvement through consolidation: an overview. In B. Indraratna, C. Rujikiatkamjorn & J. S. Vinod (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference on GROUND IMPROVEMENT AND GROUND CONTROL (pp. 251-280). Singapore: Research Publishing.

A review of recent developments in soft soil improvement through consolidation is presented in this paper. The salient aspects described here range from fundamental analysis to methods of implementation. The methods and processes covered here include vertical drains; vacuum preloading or combined vacuum and fill surcharge; and dynamic consolidation with enhanced drainage or vacuum. Discussions on methods to evaluate the degree of consolidation using field data are also made, including various limitations and comparison between the processes where warranted. New types of prefabricated vertical drains (PVD) and new applications such as thermal or electric PVDs are also introduced. Keywords: Consolidation, Soft soil, Soil improvement, Vertical drains, Vacuum preloading.
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Jian Chu, Buddhima Indraratna, Shuwang Yan and Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn. "Soft soil improvement through consolidation: an overview" (2013) p. 251 - 280
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