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Behaviour of a trial embankment on hydraulically placed pfa

By T.W. Cousens and D.I. Stewart

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The paper describes the performance of a 5.3-m trial embankment constructed on approximately 45 m of hydraulically placed pulverised fuel ash (pfa). It is planned to redevelop the 17-ha lagoon containing the pfa as a landfill. There is little variation in the particle size distribution of the uniformly graded silt sized pfa over the lagoon. However, the density of the pfa varies with depth with loose material underlying a denser surface layer, in a pattern that probably results from the water level in the lagoon during pfa deposition.\ud \ud \ud Settlement under the trial embankment was apparently largely complete by the end of the construction period (17 days), with approximately 300 mm of settlement under the crest of the embankment. The embankment settlement is significantly affected by compression of the loose layers within the deposit. Analysis of the problem using the conventional one-dimensional settlement method, and an mv profile determined by CPT calibrated against laboratory tests gave a reasonable prediction of the embankment crest settlement

Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2003
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:1330

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