Finite strain elastic visco-plastic consolidation model for layered soils with vertical drain considering self-weight loading and nonlinear creep

Ding Bao Song, Kai Lou, Wen Bo Chen, Pei Chen Wu, Jian Hua Yin

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Abstract

Prefabricated vertical drains (PVDs) combined with vacuum and/or surcharge loading have been widely adopted to improve the strength of soft soils. Precise consolidation analysis is the theoretical basis for the design of preloading method with PVD. Current consolidation theories for layered soils with PVD seldom consider the influence of large strain, nonlinear creep, and self-weight loading simultaneously. This paper, thus, presents a finite strain elastic visco-plastic consolidation model, called RCS-EVP, for radial consolidation of layered soils with PVD. RCS-EVP is developed based on the piecewise-linear method. It takes into account nonlinear creep with limit creep strain, variable boundary conditions, anisotropy of soil hydraulic conductivity, and variable compressibility and hydraulic conductivity during the consolidation under self-weight, time-dependent surcharge and/or vacuum loading. The performance of RCS-EVP is evaluated by comparing with the results from finite element simulations and a laboratory physical model test. The variations of settlement and pore pressure of a soft soil ground improved by vacuum preloading with PVD are estimated using RCS-EVP. The results indicate that RCS-EVP provides good estimates of long-term consolidation of layered soils with PVD under both laboratory and in-situ conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106180
JournalComputers and Geotechnics
Volume169
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2024

Keywords

  • Elastic visco-plastic
  • Finite strain
  • Layered soils
  • Nonlinear creep
  • Piecewise-linear
  • Radial consolidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Computer Science Applications

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