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Type: Journal article
Title: A note on determination of the preconsolidation pressure
Author: Soltani, A.
Taheri, A.
Deng, A.
Azimi, M.
Citation: Journal of Testing and Evaluation, 2019; 47(6):4535-4550
Publisher: ASTM International
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 0090-3973
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A. Soltani, A. Taheri, A. Deng, and M. Azimi
Abstract: The preconsolidation pressure, σ′y, is commonly interpreted by means of empirical observations (or graphical constructions) with respect to e–logσ′ stress patterns (e = void ratio, and σ′ = effective stress) exhibited in the conventional oedometer test. As with any empirical/graphical procedure, the resulting estimations are associated with subjective variability and thus yield inconsistent results among individuals. Recently, the mathematical translational technique was implemented by the authors, thereby promoting a subjective-free computational framework, denoted as the 3PRH framework, for interpretation of σ′y with respect to four common graphical constructions (i.e., three semi-log and one bi-log construction), covering a variety of geometrical complexity. In this article, the 3PRH framework was first revisited in a more practical sense. The framework was then implemented to a compiled database of 34 consolidation tests to arrive at reliable correlations/comparisons between the four graphical constructions. Finally, the settlement dependency on σ′y (or type of graphical construction) was statistically examined to recommend measures for reliable settlement analyses.
Rights: Copyright ASTM 2019
DOI: 10.1520/JTE20170689
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