From Research to Practice in Geotechnical Engineering by James Laier, David Crapps, and Mohammad Hussein (Editors)

By James Laier, David Crapps, and Mohammad Hussein (Editors)

From examine to perform in Geotechnical Engineering, GSP one hundred eighty, honors Dr. John H. Schmertmann, Professor Emeritus and P.E., for his contributions to civil engineering. It starts together with his biography, an inventory of his scholars and writings, by way of reprints of his collection of sixteen consultant papers from his profession. Twenty-eight new, ordinarily invited papers stick to on an excellent number of matters, together with: the deploy and checking out of piles; pile-structure interplay; liquefaction and its mitigation; case histories of cost and landslide mitigation and capping a superfund landfill; and desktop modeling. The authors contain six contributors of the nationwide Academy of Engineering. This GSP concludes with a paper by way of this type of, Dr. Schmertmann, which itself concludes with a tenet for bettering your technical writing. every person operating within the geotechnical occupation will locate anything attention-grabbing and important herein

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The laboratory initial virgin slope is extended until it intersects either the initial void-ratio line or geologic rebound line at point m. From the knowledge of the effects of sample disturbance, one knows that the true virgin slope must lie to the right of the laboratory slope. Therefore point m must always be at a lower stress than the true preconsolidation value determined at point P. If it can be stated with a reasonable degree of certainty that the preconsolidation stress cannot be below a certain value, one has established a lower limit that may have engineering significance.

The correction of the results of laboratory consolidation tests is investigated as follows: 1. Examination of the basic behavior of a consolidating clay. 2. Observations of the manner in which this behavior is modified by sample disturbance. 3. Investigation of the pattern of such modifications. 4. The use of such patterns as a basis for estimating, by extrapolation, the completely undisturbed conditions. There are also included herein investigations of the preconsolidation stress, of recompression settlements and rebound heave, and of the effects of sample disturbance on the laboratory time curves.

The results obtained by the writer are encouraging but inconclusive (as of 1954). —In order to reconstruct the estimated true one-dimensional void ratio-consolidation pressure diagram, all the preceding material must be utilized. Beginning with the laboratory consolidation test, one should use Fig. 10 in the following step-by-step procedure: 1. Point E is plotted, which represents the effective stress and the void ratio existing in the field at the sample location. The effective stress is usually the computed overburden pressure.

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