Creep analysis of an earth embankment on soft soil deposit with and without PVD improvement

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Rezania, M., Bagheri, M., Mousavi-Nezhad, M. and Sivasithamparam, N. 2017. Creep analysis of an earth embankment on soft soil deposit with and without PVD improvement. Geotextiles and Geomembranes. 45 (5), pp. 537-547. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geotexmem.2017.07.004
AuthorsRezania, M., Bagheri, M., Mousavi-Nezhad, M. and Sivasithamparam, N.
Abstract

In this paper, an anisotropic creep constitutive model, namely Creep-SCLAY1S is employed to study the installation effects of prefabricated vertical drains (PVDs) on the behavior of a full scale test embankment, namely Haarajoki embankment in Finland. The embankment was constructed on a natural soft soil with PVD installed to improve the drainage under one half of it. The Creep constitutive model used in this study, incorporates the effects of fabric anisotropy, structure and time within a critical state based framework. For comparison, the isotropic modified Cam clay (MCC) model and the rate-independent anisotropic S-CLAY1S model are also used for the analyses. The numerical predictions are compared with field measurements and the results indicate that the creep model provides an improved approximation of field settlements, and excess pore pressure build-up and dissipations. In addition, the application of two commonly used permeability matching techniques for two dimensional (2D) plane-strain analysis of the PVD problem is studied and the results are discussed highlighting their limitations and advantages.

KeywordsGeosynthetics; Embankment; PVD; Soft clay; Creep behavior; Advanced constitutive model
JournalGeotextiles and Geomembranes
Journal citation45 (5), pp. 537-547
ISSN0266-1144
1879-3584
Year2017
PublisherElsevier
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geotexmem.2017.07.004
Publication dates
Online13 Jul 2017
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Deposited05 Mar 2024
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