Effects of installing controlled modulus columns on previously installed columns

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Conference Proceeding
ICSMGE 2017 - 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 2017, 2017-September pp. 2611 - 2614
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© 2018 19th ICSMGE Secretariat. All rights reserved. Controlled modulus columns (CMC) ground improvement technique is an attractive geotechnical solution for modification of soft soils. This technique uses a displacement auger during column installation, aiming to reduce the construction cost and disposal of excavated materials. However, lateral and vertical soil movement induced by the installation process may pose potential risks to the adjacent previously installed columns. Only a handful of studies have been attempted in quantifying such effects. This paper presents the results of a numerical investigation on the effects of CMC installation sequence on the already installed columns using the three-dimensional finite difference software package FLAC3D. The results indicate that the installation sequence should be taken into account in the design process to minimise any adverse effects of installing new CMCs on the existing columns.
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