C±/Cc concept applied to compression of peat

Patrick J. Fox, Tuncer B. Edil, Li Tus Lan

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Eight long-term multiple-stage-loading oedometer tests were performed on a fibrous peat from Middleton, Wisconsin. Both conventional-size and large specimens were treated with pore-pressure measurement. Load-increment duration and load-increment ratio were additional variables of the testing program. Time-settlement curves show that the coefficient of secondary compression (Cα) is not constant but increases in time under constant effective stress. Plots of Cαversus compression index (Cc) indicate that, for this peat, a poor linear relationship exists between Cα and Cc, and this relationship worsens if tertiary compression points are included. Plots of Cα/Ccversus void ratio show significant scatter but indicate that, in general, the Cα/Ccratio increases with decreasing void ratio. Load-increment ratio and sample disturbance are significant factors affecting the Cα versus Cc relationship. The fact that inorganic soils do not exhibit exaggerated creep effects or tertiary compression may explain, in part, the success of the Cα/Ccconcept for clays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1256-1263
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Geotechnical Engineering
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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