Written by Gouw Tjie Liong, Ir., M.Eng, ChFC, PhD. Posted in Geotechnic, Technical Paper & Presentation (Others)

Abstract:Having the origin from the sedimentation of volcanic materials, many experienced Indonesian geotechnical engineers have long suspected that Jakarta reddish and grayish clay may have different characteristics compared to other clayey soils known in many geotechnical text books. Despite of carefully derived design parameters, experiences in the execution of deep excavation, be it open cut slope or protected excavation by either contiguous bored pile or diaphragm walls, often show that the performance of the geotechnical structures were better than predicted by the available design geotechnical software. Although, some engineers have started using more advanced constitutive soil models, such as: Hyperbolic and Cam Clay models. Undoubtedly, many engineers still use the bilinear Mohr-Coulomb model in their analysis. So far, to the author knowledge, there is no published paper discussing about the suitability of the soil models for modelling Jakarta red clay, in particular. Therefore, the author tried to find out which soil constitutive models can better predict the behavior of the Jakarta reddish/grayish clay. Available models in PLAXIS software, e.g.; Mohr-Coulomb, Hardening (hyperbolic), and Soft Soil models, were tried by simulating isotropically consolidated undrained triaxial test and compared it with the actual test data. At this stage it was found that none of the model can correctly predict the stress strain curve neither the correct stress path.

Keywords: Volcanic Origin Clay, Jakarta Clay, Mohr Coulomb Model, Hardening Soil Model, Soft Soil Model, Plaxis

Download full paper: GTL-141021-FindingSuitableModel

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Gouw Tjie Liong, Ir., M.Eng, ChFC, PhD

Mr. Gouw is a certified Professional Geotechnical Engineer. He has been working in the field of Geotechnical Engineering since 1984. His expertise covering geotechnical investigation, soil intrumentation, deep foundation and excavation for high rise buildings, pile load testing (Static and PDA), pile integrity testing (PIT), sonic logging test, vibration monitoring, slope stability, ground anchors, pumping test, dewatering, micropiles, tunnelling and ground improvement works, e.g. dynamic compaction, vertical drain, vibro-compaction, geosynthetic and grouting. The jobs cover more than 180 projects in Indonesia, Singapore and Srilanka. He has a great passion in the teaching and disseminating of geotechnical engineering knowledge. He serves as lecturer since late 1984. Currently, he serves as a senior lecturer at Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta, Indonesia. He also conduct regular geotechnical training for engineers. He also chaired the Indonesian Chapter of International Geosynthetics Society since 2006. He has published 80 papers and 22 technical notes.

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