The effect of non-Darcian flow on the consolidation behavior of clay soils is studied, and its role in the extrapolation of laboratory test results to field problems is evaluated. This is accomplished by postulating a reasonably general four-parameter velocity-gradient relationship which, by proper choice of parameters, is capable of characterizing much of the published experimental data; then, this relationship is combined with the standard assumptions of classical consolidation theory to develop a nonlinear parabolic partial differential equation, which is solved by use of a finite difference technique. The stability and convergence criteria for related linear and quasi-linear equations are empirically extended to the associated nonlinear equations, and a comparison is made between various explicit and implicit finite difference schemes, with the result that a sufficiently accurate and more economical numerical solution is obtained by use of an explicit scheme. Typical solutions for various specific cases confirm and offer an explanation for the well-known phenomenon wherein the time rate of consolidation is found to decrease as the load increment decreases; also, the thickness of the consolidating layer is shown to affect the dimensionless time rate of consolidation. These conditions indicate that laboratory consolidation test results can be applied to a field situation only if appropriate stress and thickness corrections are made.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Signal Processing
- Computer Networks and Communications
- Applied Mathematics