E3S Web Conf.
Volume 198, 20202020 10th Chinese Geosynthetics Conference & International Symposium on Civil Engineering and Geosynthetics (ISCEG 2020)
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Structural Engineering Monitoring, Control, Repair and Reinforcement|
|Published online||26 October 2020|
Semi-analytical solution for consolidation of vertical drain to unsaturated soils considering well resistance and smear effect under time-varying loadings
Department of Civil Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai, 200444, China
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In this paper, based on equal-strain assumption a semi-analytical solution, considering well re-sistance, smear effect and time-varying loading, is deduced for radial consolidation aided by vertical drain (VD) to unsaturated soils. Firstly, by employing the general integration, Laplace transform, decoupling methods and numerical inverse Laplace transform, the semi-analytical solution in the time domain is ob-tained. Then, its validity is verified by the special cases of the proposed solution under instantaneous loading. Finally, the case analysis show that the dissipation of excess pore pressures is accelerated with the decrease of smear coefficients (αa or αw) or well resistance factors (Ga or Gw). In addition, when the well resistance factor is less than 1, the barrier of VD material to flow can be ignored. Furthermore, a smaller value of the loading frequency of cyclic loading, the bigger the amplitude, and the less fluctuation period in the dissipa-tion rates. Moreover, the current solution can analyse the consolidation characteristics of unsaturated soils with VDs under arbitrary time-varying loadings, including cyclic loadings.
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