Secondary compression

Gholamreza Mesri, B. Vardhanabhuti

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A large volume of reliable measurements of one-dimensional settlement, observed in the laboratory and in the field for a wide variety of natural soil deposits, demonstrate that during secondary compression ΔS/ Δ log t may remain constant, decrease, or increase over a significant period of time. This important body of observed data and associated explanations in terms of the Cα/Cc law of compressibility have been apparently overlooked in attempts to describe secondary compression by means of mathematical formulas. Data are presented to illustrate the limitations of "first-order rate equations" to describe secondary settlement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)398-401
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005


  • Settlement analysis
  • Soil compression
  • Soil consolidation
  • Soil settlement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Environmental Science(all)


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