A thermal consolidation model for pelagic clays

Sandra Houston, Horn Da Lin

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An analytical model has been developed for the prediction of deformations resulting from thermally induced primary consolidation and secondary compression of pelagic clays. The model is based on the results of an extensive laboratory testing program which included triaxial and one-dimensional consolidation of clays over a temperature range of 4° to 200°C. Predictions of thermally induced strains have been made using computer programs which were modified to include the newly developed thermal consolidation model. Very good agreement was obtained between predicted and measured values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-98
Number of pages20
JournalMarine geotechnology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987


  • Consolidation
  • High temperature
  • Pelagic clays
  • Radioactive waste disposal
  • Seafloor sediments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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