PurposeIt is well known that the prefabricated vertical drain (PVD) installation process generates a significant soil disturbance around PVD. This disturbed zone significantly affects the rate of settlement and excess pore pressure dissipation. However, the characteristics of these zones were still uncertain and difficult to quantify; there remains large discrepancy among researchers. This study aims to develop a simple analytical solution for radial consolidation analysis of PVD-installed deposit considering mandrel-induced disturbance.Design/methodology/approachThe proposed solution takes into account the nonlinear distributions of both horizontal hydraulic conductivity and compressibility toward the drain. The proposed solution was applied to analyze field behavior of test embankment in New South Wales, Australia.FindingsBoth effects significantly increased the time required to achieve a certain degree of consolidation. The effect of hydraulic conductivity on the consolidation rate was more significant than the effect of compressibility variation. And, the increased compressibility in the soil-disturbed zone due to mandrel installation significantly increased vertical strain of the PVD-improved soil deposit. The predicted results using the proposed analytical solution were in good agreement with the field measurements.Practical implicationsA geotechnical engineer could use the proposed analytical solution to predict consolidation behavior of drainage-installed ground.Originality/valueConsolidation behavior of PVD-installed ground could be reasonably predicted by using the proposed solution with considering variations of both hydraulic conductivity and compressibility due to PVD installation.
Engineering Computations – Emerald Publishing
Published: Mar 11, 2019
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