Case study on long-term ground settlement of reclamation project on clay deposits in Nansha of China

Wei Qiang Feng, Xian Chang Zheng, Jian Hua Yin, Wen Bo Chen, Dao Yuan Tan

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In the design of reclamation, long-term settlement is seriously concerned. This paper presents a case study on the ground settlement of a reclamation project in Nansha, China. Fourteen undisturbed soil samples were taken at different depths from this site. Both oedometer tests on fourteen specimens and triaxial hydraulic conductivity tests on nine specimens were conducted. Finite element (FE) modelings using soft soil creep (SSC) model or soft soil (SS) model for modeling clayey soils with or without creep and the calculation using a new simplified method were performed to analyze the consolidation settlement of clay deposits subjected to filled loadings. The FE simulated results and calculated results from the new simplified method were compared with the monitored data in the field. Results show that the curves of the FE modeling using SSC model and the calculation from new simplified method have the same trends as those of the measured settlements. The creep contributes to excess pore pressure dissipation during the consolidation. Furthermore, ground settlements of the reclamation are predicted with the aid of the FE and new simplified method analysis. These predictions can provide the essential information for engineers to control or reduce the settlement in future.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMarine Georesources and Geotechnology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2019


  • cone penetration tests
  • creep
  • Ground settlement
  • Nansha clay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Ocean Engineering


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