Location

St. Louis, Missouri

Session Start Date

6-1-1993

Abstract

The observed responses during the staged construction of an unreinforced section and a reinforced section of a breakwater founded on soft sediments are presented. Both sections were instrumented and the unreinforced section approached instability at the end of Stage I construction. A series of Class 'C' predictions were made with three different analytical methods. It was particularly difficult to predict the impending instability of the unreinforced section. A fully coupled finite element analysis, with close modelling of the construction sequence and using a strain softening model for the foundation clay, was needed to predict all the observations.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Third Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

6-1-1993

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1993 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Behavior of a Breakwater on Soft Sediments – Failure and Success

St. Louis, Missouri

The observed responses during the staged construction of an unreinforced section and a reinforced section of a breakwater founded on soft sediments are presented. Both sections were instrumented and the unreinforced section approached instability at the end of Stage I construction. A series of Class 'C' predictions were made with three different analytical methods. It was particularly difficult to predict the impending instability of the unreinforced section. A fully coupled finite element analysis, with close modelling of the construction sequence and using a strain softening model for the foundation clay, was needed to predict all the observations.