Influence Of Insitu Stresses On Deformation And Stability Of Embankments On Deep Clays

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Proceedings of the International Conference on Ground Improvement and Ground Control, 2013, pp. 491 - 496
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Time dependent behavior of soft soils under embankments is one of the challenging problems in geotechnical engineering, since soft ground has been utilised for development. This paper presents a numerical study of the influence of the initial stress state on the ground lateral deformation and pore water pressure by revisiting a case study of an embankment constructed on Boston Blue Clay. The insitu stress state is usually determined by the coefficient of lateral earth pressure at rest (K0), but there are various correlations to estimate the value of K0. In this paper, a numerical parametric study is conducted to investigate the effect of K0 on the vertical and horizontal displacements, the excess pore water pressures, and the factor of safety of the embankment. The results show that the value of K0 has notable influences on the predictions of horizontal and vertical displacements, but minor effects on the predicted pore water pressures. The choice of the lateral earth pressure coefficient at rest also has impact on the long term stability of the embankment. Thus, it is emphasised that the initial stress state should be concerned regarding the stability of the embankment for analysing the performance of embankments constructed on deep soft soils.
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