Primary compression and secondary compression

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The two fundamental discrepancies between actual consolidation behavior of soils and that predicted by the Terzaghi consolidation theory were explained. Many implications of secondary compression phenomenon, including secondary settlement were explained and predicted by the law of compressibility. The proper role of compressibility with time was empirically established.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)122-166
Number of pages45
JournalGeotechnical Special Publication
Issue number119
StatePublished - 2003
EventSoil Behavior And Soft Ground Construction - Cambridge, MA, United States
Duration: Oct 5 2001Oct 6 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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