Uncertainties of Smear Zone Characteristics in the Design of Preloading with Prefabricated Vertical Drains

Iranian Geotechnical Society (IGS)
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Conference Proceeding
The 4th International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering and Soil Mechanics (ICSESM 2010), 2010, pp. 1 - 8
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Installing prefabricated vertical drains using mandrels induces disturbance of the soil surrounding the drain, resulting in a smear zone with the reduced permeability. The required time for pore pressure dissipation in preloading design is strongly associated with the smear zone characteristics. In this study, the effects of smear zone properties on preloading time are numerically investigated. Parametric study is conducted to find out the range of smear zone parameters significantly influencing the consolidation period. It is observed that the characteristics of smear zone namely size and permeability have a substantial impact on the preloading design to achieve certain soil strength and stiffness satisfying both bearing capacity and settlement design criteria.
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