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Textbook Problem

A 21-ft thick saturated clay layer (two-way drainage) subjected to surcharge loading underwent 87% primary consolidation in 300 days.

  1. a. Find the coefficient of consolidation of the clay for the pressure range.
  2. b. How long will it take for a 0.75-in. thick specimen of the same undisturbed clay to undergo 75% consolidation in a laboratory test?

(a)

To determine

Calculate the coefficient of consolidation of the clay for the pressure range.

Explanation

Given information:

The primary consolidation (U) is 87%.

The thickness of the saturated clay layer (H) is 21ft.

The time taken for 87% consolidation (t87) is 300days.

Calculation:

Calculate the time factor (Tv) as shown below.

Refer Table 11.7 “Variation of Tv with U” in the textbook.

Take the value of Tv as 0.742, for the value U of 87%.

Calculate the length of maximum drainage path (Hdr) using the relation.

Hdr=H2

Substitute 21ft for H.

Hdr=212=10.5ft

Calculate the coefficient of consolidation (cv) using the relation

(b)

To determine

Calculate the time taken for 75% consolidation in the laboratory.

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