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Compressibility characteristics of tropical peat using Rowe cell consolidation

JournalWorld Journal of Engineering
PublisherMulti Science Publishing
ISSN1708-5284 (Print)
SubjectMechanical Engineering, Engineering and Nanoengineering
IssueVolume 9, Number 4 / August 2012
CategoryResearch Article
Online DateWednesday, July 18, 2012

P. K. Kolay1, H. Y. Sii2, S. N. L. Taib2

1Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1230 Lincoln Drive, MC 6603, Carbondale, Illinois, 62901, USA
2Department of Civil Engineering, University Malaysia Sarawak, 94300 Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia


This paper presents the results of the physical and compressibility characteristics of tropical peat, from Matang, Malaysia. Different physical properties tests have been conducted on peat samples. Rowe cell consolidation and standard 1-D consolidation tests were performed on undisturbed peat samples to evaluate the compressibility characteristics. A specially designed and fabricated peat sampler has been used to collect the undisturbed peat sample for Rowe cell consolidation test. The laboratory test results revealed that peat has a large void ratio with high water content and undergone large consolidation settlements when applied load. The results of Rowe cell test can be used to simulate close to the the field geotechnical characteristics of peat for any design or numerical modelling where reliable data is most important.

Tropical peat, Rowe cell, 1-D consolidation, Compression index, Swelling index
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