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This report presents the results of a comprehensive investigation of the use of prefabricated vertical drains to accelerate the consolidation of soft, wet Design and construction guidelines for using clays beneath embankments. prefabricated vertical drains as a ground improvement technique are presented This along with detailed specifications, design examples, and cost data. report will be of interest to bridge engineers, roadway design specialists, construction and geotechnical engineers concerned with foundation settlement problems. Sufficient copies of tne report are being distriouted oy FHWA Bulletin provide a minimum of two copies to each FBWA regional and division office, Direct distribution is being three copies to each State highway agency. to division offices. to and made

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(TRAIS) Haley & Aldrich. t’crformgng Organ. fications and comments pertaining and performance evaluation. Prefabricated Prefabricated Geocomposite Guidelines Geocomposite Drains: Drains: Engineering Laboratory Summary of Research Effort Laboratory Data Report Assessment and Preliminary Data Report 17. II III I II in of types and physical characteristics of PV drains. Virginia 22101-2296 15.J. 02142 13.7 (8-W I I Unclassified of completed page authorized I I 117 I I Reproduction . (of this report) 20. Engineering Guidelines September 6. DiMillio (HNR-30) This volume presents procedures and guidelines applicable to the design and instal .R. No. Inc. Abstract Final Report September 1983 August 1986 14. This document able to the public through the Technical Information Services. Dlsrrlbutlon Statement Vertical drains. construction control.Technical 1. Government Acccsrton No.F. 7. Title and Subtitle yQg7 - As-+9 / 5. Report No. drains. The volume includes descriptions discussion of design considerations. recommended design procedures. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address FCP35P2-032 Il.D. of Pages is availNational 19. DTFH61-83-C-00101 Type of Report and Peraod Covered Office of Engineering and Highway Operations Research and Development Federal Highway Administration 6300 Georgetown Pike. Sponsoring Agency Code - JME/0237 manager (COTR): A. The contents represent the Consultant's interpretation of the state-of-the-art as of August 1986.lation of prefabricated vertical drains to accelerate consolidation of soils. guideline specito installation guidelines. Organlzatlon S. Rectptent’s Report Catalog Documentation No. 9. No. 2. (of this page) 21. Report Date Prefabricated Vertical Drains Vol. supplementory Notes FHWA contract 16. 238 Main Street Cambridge. McLean. Security 22. Page FHWA/RD-86/168 4. Security Classif. Virginia 22161 I Ciassif. The volume is intended to provide assistance to engineers in determining the applicability of PV drains to a given project and in the design of PV drain systems. Work Unit No. This volume FHWA No. RD-861169 RD-861170 RD-861171 RD-861172 is the first Vol. The information contained herein is intended for use by civil engineers familiar with the fundamentals of soil mechanics and the principles of precompression. I. prefabricated vertical wick drains. 1986 letton Code 0. Smith 10. 3. Conwact or Grant No. precompression No restrictions. Performing Rixner. Name Kraemer and Address and A. Price Unclassified Form DOT F 1700. Author’s) PerformIng Organlzatlon Report NO. The others Vertical Vertical Drains: Drains: in the Title series are: a series. Massachusetts 12. J. Key Words 18. Springfield.

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...... ........... ... Contractor Interaction 64 CONSTRUCTION MONITORING 1..... 4........... 72 72 BIBLIOGRAPHY... ...... ..................................... Drain Installation Drainage Blanket ....................................... ............ Site Preparation Drain Installation Equipment and Materials .. Installation Procedures........................ COSTS Introduction ......... Familiarity with Design........... Introduction ............. ........................... Geotechnical Instrumentation 70 7C 71 1... 63 Site Preparation ............. Disturbance. 77 8I 83 34 iv ......... 2. ~1 61 6... ......TABLE OF CONTENTS (Continued) Page Section INSTALLATION 1.. r3 6B 68 63 ..... Installation Equipment ..... APPENDIX A: Design Equations APPENDIX APPENDIX APPENDIX B: C: D: Effects of Soil Design Example Specifications 74 .. ........ .. 2.. 6............... Introduction Cost Factors ....... 5.................................... 7. 3. .. 5...... :: 4...

................................................ .................. 38 Typical values of vertical discharge capacity 4o Typical PV drain installation equipment ................... Summary of jacket and core information provided ......................" .................. Summary of general product information provided by distributors/manufacturers .......... Some technical advantages of PV drains compared to sand drains ........................ 65 Typical PV drain installation procedure ....................... ............................................... Representative ratios Of kh/kv for soft Clays Metnods for iW%Wm?ment Of cn and kh/k v ............ . Typical vertical drain installation for a highway 6 embankment ..................LIST OF TABLES Page Table Table Table Table Table Table Table Table 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Common types of vertical drains ....... ........ ................ 29 Estimation of an average drain resistance factor (Fr') 31 Example of parameter effects on tg0 .. 25 Relationsnip of F(n) to D/d.............. 23 Equivalent diameter of a PV drain ......... .. Horizontal drainage blankets ...... 26 Disturbance factor (F..............................) for typical parameters 27 .. Approximation of the disturbed zone around the mandrel 42 Relationship of drain spacing (S) to drain influence 43 zone (0) ..... Example curves for "ideal case....................................... functions of PV drain jacket and core . 66 Typical PV drain splicing procedure V .......................... for "ideal case............. 11 Typical highway applications of PV drains ........................" ... by distributors/manufacturers LIST OF FIGURES 8 10 14 16 35 36 50 51 Figure figure figure figure Figure Figure Figure Figure Figure Figure Figure Figure Figure Figure Figure Figure Figure Figure Figure Figure 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 5 Idealized types of settlement ................... 53 57 ........ 19 Consolidation due to vertical and radial drainage Schematic of PV drain with drain resistance and soil 22 disturbance ......... 48 Effective confining pressure on a PV drain ..... ...... .. Photograpns of typical PV drain products ............................................... Typical PV drains available in the United States ..

LIST OF SYMBOLS The following is a listing respective definitions: SYMBOL a A width of of the symbols and their TERM a band-shaped of drain cross section removing length cross-sectional the discharge the free surface area of drainage blanket one row of drains area of a drain drain per cross unit AW b b' CV thickness distance coefficient coefficient (or radial) virgin coefficient diameter of a band-shaped between of two drains consolidation section for for vertical horizontal drainage ch CR cc4 d dm of consolidation drainage ratio secondary compression of of compression drain a circular equivalent diameter of mandrel (diameter of circle with an equal cross-sectional area) equivalent diameter. which is functionally band-shaped drain diameter the drain diameter (drain drain factor average of the diameter equivalent of a circular drain to the given dW 4 idealized disturbed zone around D of the influence spacing for cylinder zone) factor of influence of the drain F(n) Fr Fr ' drain for resistance drain resistance factor vi .

number applied maximum of drains on one side of centerline of volume change mv n N P Pvrn = = = = = load past pressure vii . L = = effective drain length.LIST Fs h = = OF SYMBOLS (continued) factor for soil disturbance to conduct y the drainage water from total nead centerline total nead required to point loss in hl> iid = = blanket length of longest drainage path (thickness of compressible layer when one way drainage occurs. = horizontal in kv = the vertical kw = coefficient of permeability along the axis of the drain lateral stress ratio of the drain K. half thickness of compressible layer when two way drainage occurs) height hydraulic coefficient coefficient direction coefficient direction coefficient direction equivalent material at rest of preload gradient of permeability of permeability the undisturbed of permeability the disturbed of permeability in the soil in soil in the horizontal Hp i k kn = = = = in k. (length of drain when drainage occurs at one end only. half length of drain when drainage occurs at both ends) coefficient D/d.

/2) of.LIST OF SYEJlSOLS (continued) ‘&j ‘Iw r re rm = = = = = rate of discharge capacity from of a single . at a point hydrostatic drainage average taneous excess pore pressure or excess pore U” = with vertical degree vertical of consolidation and horizontal due to simuldrainage viii .disturbed rw rs i4R S s = = = = = defining boundary ratio zone recompression drain rSh spacing = ratio of equivalent time time radius of disturbed radius of drain factor factor for for horizontal vertical zone to Td = nondimensional consolidation nondimensional consolidation time time to complete TV = t tp Qec = = = primary consolidation which secondary time at end of interval during compression is of interest time at surcharge removal Qr Ue = = hydrostatic excess pore pressure. well (d.the drain drain (at gradient = 1.0) discharge radius radius of influence circle cross drain of drain well (D/2) to the radius of mandrel's radius radius of with an area equal sectional area. water pressure.

LIST OF SYMBOLS (continued) iJh = TIv = average drainage average vertical volume distance distance layer unit degree of consolidation due to horizontal degree of consolidation drainage due to V Y Z = = = from below the top centerline surface of to the a given point soil compressible Yw Pv PC = = = weight of water settlement consolidation final final initial settlement total effective initial final primary settlement consolidation settlement settlement Pcf Pf Pi Ps Pt = = = = = consolidation settlement due to secondary compression settlement confining effective effective pressure vertical vertical stress stress UC -lo = = T&f = ix .


The currently available products are characterized by a channeled or studded plastic core wrapped with a geotextile. performance Tne design guidelines are intended to be applicable to commercially available band-shaped PV drains.3 in2 (150 to 200 mm21 per 0. and designing the PV drain component of a includes: purpose. It is the specific purpose of this manual to summarize the Consultant's interpretation of the state-ofthe-art in PV drain design and installation and to provide design engineers with practical guidelines for the evaluation. types and solution. Although intended for use with band-shaped drains. for Background characteristics A recommended information on the of PV drains. installation control. on nighway projects has illustrated the need for design and construction guidelines to assist the design engineer. design and construction of PV drain projects. The aspect ratio (width/thickness) is typically 25 to 30. and the surface area which will permit seepage into the drain is commonly 0. design equation soil a nomograph and methods A discussion of their evaluation.2 to 0. Recognizing the need. effects on soil properties.4 in (1 mm) length. procedures including a design example. construction evaluations and cost considerations. 2. or "wick" drains. This manual is intended to in evaluating the applicability to provide an approach for precompression project.INTMOUCTION 1. various aspects of tne guidelines may also be applicable to other PV drain types. the federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has funded research to develop this manual. including parameters history. Purpose and Scope of Guidelines The increased use of prefabricated vertical (PV) drains. Comments pertaining to drain installation. Assumptions and Limitations who This guideline manual is intended to be used by civil engineers are knowledgeaDle about soil mechanics fundamentals and soil I 1 . Recommended Guideline pertinent design specifications. The scope of this manual provide criteria to guide design engineers of PV drains for a given project.

Based on the selected PV drain system. design of a PV drain system refers to the selection of drain type. procedures for performing specific in-situ or laboratory tests. spacing. selection of soil properties. determination of the desirability of precompression and the proper use of field instrumentation. length and installation method to achieve a desired degree of consolidation within a given time period. calculation of ultimate settlements. the engineer is directed to other available references.precompression principles. . As used herein. Information contained herein is generally limited to that which is applicable to the use of PV drains in connection with precompression of soils beneath highway structures and embankments. For considerations of other important factors including the evaluation of stability. the relative economics and other factors pertaining to the precompression scheme can be evaluated to arrive at an appropriate precompression design.

Secondary compression settlement is the continuing. These further volume changes and increased settlements are due to drained creep. The drainage rate depends upon the volume change and permeability cnaracteristics of the soil as well as the location and continuity of drainage boundaries. The rate of primary consolidation is governed by the rate of water drainage out of the soil under the induced hydraulic gradients. By surcharging. (or load e Primary consolidation settlement develops with time as drainage allows excess pore pressures to dissipate. such that vertical compression is accompanied by lateral expansion. to a deposit can be divided Mhen an embankment or other area load is applied rapidly of saturated. the excess pore pressures are initially undrained.1. and are often characterized by a linear relationship between settlement and logarithm of time. the amount in excess referred to as a surcharge. Basic Principles of - Precompression soils or temporary is Precompression refers to the process of compressing foundation under an applied vertical stress (preload) prior to placement If the completion of the final permanent construction load. Volume changes. can accelerate the precompression and can also reduce due to secondary compression. occur as stresses are transferred from the water (pore pressures) to the soil skeleton (effective stresses). the resulting settlement into three idealized components: 0 Initial "immediate") settlement occurs during application of the as excess pore pressures develop in the underlying soil. e 3 . long-term settlement which occurs after the excess pore pressures are essentially dissipated and the effective stresses are practically constant. and thus settlement. Precompression anticipated consolidation the technique settlements can be used to eliminate all or a portion of the postconstruction settlements caused by primary of most compressible foundation soils. If the soil has a low permeability and is relatively thick. applied load exceeds the final loading. cohesive soils. The foundation soil deforms due to the applied shear stresses with essentially no volume change.

Experience has snown that the actual deformation behavior of soft foundation soils under embankment loadings is more complex than this simplified representation. H wever. generally predominate are the only settlements and 0 0 Secondary compression settlements are usually of greatest significance with highly organic soils (especially peats). in the order given. aid the engineers' design judgement and interpretation of results. can 4 . such as can occur with vertical drain installations. its stress history.For purposes of analysis it is usually assumed that these three components occur as separate processes. The relative importance and magnitude of each type of settlement depends on many factors such as: the soil type and compressibility characteristics. however. Effects such as creep movements and lack of agreement between consolidation settlement and dissipation of excess pore pressures invalidate the applicability of conventional linear consolidation theory for prediction or evaluation of precompression performance. In some cases the magnitude of one or more of these components may be insignificant. Primary consolidation settlements for many precompression projects considered in the preload design. Figure 1 illustrates a general relationship of the three components of settlement with time. 87 The initial settlements which occur during the application of the preload generally do not adversely affect the performance of a permanent embankment since additional fill can be placed if necessary to compensate for the settlement. the 'vlhen designing precompressionschemes. except for loadings on thick plastic or organic soils having marginal stability wherein large shear defor tions may continue to develop due to undrained creep. and the relationship between the area of loading and the thickness of compressible soil. in most cases this simplifying assumption is reasonable and designs developed accordingly are appropriate. for precompression projects Y: it can be generally stated that(IS e Initial settlements are seldom of much practical concern. Discussions of these limitations have been given elsewhere(12s18) and are beyond the scope of this manual. the magnitude and rate of loading. However. Recognition of such limitations can. and when primary consolidation occurs rapidly relative to the structure design life. it is important to consider deviations from the idealized assumptions of sequential settlements.


Assessment of the safety against instability is beyond the scope of this manual. may be appropriate when marginal stability conditions exist. SETTLEMENT POINTS / SETTLEMENT SURCHARGE GROUNDWATER OBSERVATION INCLINOMETER DRAINAGE BLANKET WELL FIRM SOIL PIEZOMETERS’ NOT TO SCALE Figure 2 Typical vertical drain installation for a highway embankment. Figure 2 illustrates a typical vertical drain installation for highway embankments. the design of a precompression scheme must also consider overall embankment and foundation stability.If tne foundation soils are weak relative to the shear stresses imposed by the embankment. possibly in conjunction with controlled rates of filling to permit an increase in shear strength due to consolidation. thereby accelerating the rate of primary consolidation. . Special measures such as flattening side slopes or use of stabilizing "toe" berms. The use of vertical drains along with precompression has tne sole purpose of shortening the drainage path (distance to a drainage boundary) of the pore water. Purpose and Application of Vertical Drains Vertical drains are artificially-created drainage paths which can be installed by one of several methods and which can have a variety of physical characteristics. Some of the importa t considerations relative to this topic are reviewed by Ladd!13 r 2. VLL.

Although the scope of this manual is limited to PV drains. fine grained soils.. jetting. and/or use of a vibratory hammer. and prefabricated vertical (PV) drains. of accelerated consolidation) time due to required preloading. In such cases. Under certain conditions the characteristics of the particular site.e. references to sand drains and fabric-encased sand drains are included where appropriate. either organic or inorganic. Soils with these characteristics are almost exclusively conesive. consolidation with PV drains is feasible under most conditions for projects which can benefit from vertical drains. sand drains installed by non-displacement methods or an alternate soil improvement technique may be more appropriate. Use of PV drains is applicable for soils which: 1) are moderately to highly compressible under static loading. relief natural layers of Vertical drains can also be used as pressure pore pressures due to seepage. if practical. wells to reduce slopes. Each of the general types can be further divided into subtypes as shown in Table 1. Under such conditions. such as below improve tne effectiveness of natural drainage areas. very stiff clay or other obstructions. for completion benefits are: of To decrease the overall primary consolidation 0 To decrease the amount of surcharge desired amount of precompression in To increase soft soils the rate of when stability required to achieve the given time. tne subsurface profile and/or the proposed construction may impose limitations on the use of PV drains. and to below loaded Vertical drains can be classified into one of three general types: sand drains. drain installation could require predrilling. If the compressible layer is overlain by dense fill or sands. consolidation the a strength gain due to is of concern. Where sensitive soils are present or where stability is of concern. and 2) compress very slowly under natural drainage conditions due to low soil permeability and relatively great distance between natural drainage boundaries. the principal drain system (i. Subject to the previously noted factors. general pre-excavation can be performed.When used in of a vertical 0 conjunction with precompression. fabric encased sand drains. or may not be feasible. Soil types for which use of PV drains is ordinarily applicable include: . disturbance of the soil due to drain installation may not be tolerable.

sand drains have been used successfully on a large number of highway projects across the country. The California Division of Highways.S. patent for a sand drain system was granted in 1926. varved cohesive deposits. organic silts and clays. and decomposed peat or "muck". Since that time.S. Materials and Research Department conducted laboratory and field tests on vertical sand drain performance as early as 1933. Fabridrain Cardboard Fabric plastic Plastic without drain PREFABRICATED VERTICAL DRAIN covered drain drain jacket inorganic silts and clays of low to moderate sensitivity. Pack Drain. Use of PV drains is ordinarily not appropriate in highly pervious or granular soils.Table 1 Common types of vertical (after (13)) Sub-Types Closed end mandrel Screw type auger Continuous flight hollow stem auger Internal Rotary jet jetting drains General Type Remarks Maximum displacement Limited Limited Difficult experience displacement to control SAND DRAINS Can be non-displacement Can be non-displacement Full displacement relatively small Full displacement small volume Full displacement small volume Full displacement small volume of volume of of of Dutch jet-bailer FABRIC ENCASED SAND DRAIN Sandwick. 3. History -of Vertical Drains Early applications of vertical drains in the U. A U. . to accelerate soil consolidation below highway fills utilized vertical sand drains.

the method can have performance and environmental drawbacks which were first reported in Europe. In the late 1930's Walter Kjellman. This can oe a decided advantage in certain circumstances. then Director of the Swedish Geotechnical Institute. soil to seep into the drain. it is reported that over 50 types of PV drains are available worldwide. Characteristics relatively adaptable and can be used in a variety field conditions. can be transmitted Tne most commonly used PV drains in the U.S. PV drains are also of commonly-encountered typical applications 4. are band-shaped (rectangular cross section) consisting of a synthetic geotextile The jackets are commonly "jacket" surrounding a plastic core. proved to have economic and environmental advantages over sand drains. commercially available non-woven polyester or polypropylene geotextiles. Table 2 lists several tecnnical advantages of PV drains compared to conventional sand drains. Development of plastics during and after World War II prompted development of a variety of PV drains having either rectangular (band shape) or circular cross sections composed entirely of plastic. The use of PV drains has largely replaced vertical sand drains for most applications. The most important advantages are economic competitiveness. made of . less disturbance to the soil mass compared to displacement sand drains. and became widely used in Europe and Japan during the 1940's. One additional advantage of PV drains is their feasibility to be installed in a nonvertical orientation. which had a width of 3.despite tne proven success of sand drains to accelerate consolidation. At present. developed a prefabricated oand-shaped vertical drain made of a cardboard core and paper filter jacket which was installed into the ground with a mechanical "stitcher".94 in (100 mm) and a thickness of 0. up 0 l to permit porewater A means by wnich the collected porewater and down the length of the drain. but is not specifically addressed in this manual. Kjellman's drain. and the speed and simplicity of installation. of -PV Drains material or product A PV drain naving the 0 can be defined as any prefabricated following characteristics: be installed soil strata vertically under field in the Ability to subsurface Ability into compressible conditions. Figure 3 illustrates of PV drains on highway projects.16 in (4 mm).

control and inspection for cost not and fewer as critical. SAM DRAIN TYPt Oisplacement ADVANTAGES OF PV DRAINS Considerably less disturbance of cohesive soils during installation due to: smaller physical displacement by mandrel and tip. more Do not jetting. PV drains at close Where very rapid it is practical spacing. environmental control problems. of sand backfill of drains. of installation consolidation to install possible. All and inspection to simplicity requirements of installation ar@ There is greater assurance of a permanent. abundant usually lighter. potential cost control economy. and Installation maneuverable equipment on site. PV drains displacement horizontal Faster rate can withstand considerable lateral or buckling under vertical or soil movements. Field Definite Eliminate quality traffic. is required. PV drains can be installed a non-vertical orientation underwater and in more conveniently. typically static push rather than driving. 19 . processing disposal of jetted spoil materials. Won-Displacement require source of water for Do not require control. no discontinuities due to installation problems.Taole 2 Some technical advantages compared to sand drains of PV drains (after (13)). problems and related truck Job control reduced due procedures. continuous vertical drainage path.

Typical highway applications (after Mebradrain promotional 11 .(A) HIGHWAY EMBANKMENT WITH BERM (B) BRIDGE APPROACH WITH TEMPORARY SURCHARGE (C) HIGHWAY EMBANKMENT Figure 3 PRELOAD of PV drains literature).

(D) WIDENING OF EXISTING HIGHWAY (E) IMPROVED STABILITY DUE TO STRENGTH GAIN WITH CONSOLIDATION . 12 . F f iI=) RELIEI~~s~~C~.ESSo~ORE PRESSURES DUE TO DYNAMIC Figure 3 Typical highway applications of PV drains (after Mebradrain promotional literature) (continued).

The plastic core serves two vital functions: to support the filter fabric. and drains consisting only of filter fabric strips. idost band-shaped drains are manufactured to dimensions similar to the original Kjellman drain. approximately 3. The jacket and core must perform a variety of interrelated functions. 13 . some of the drain products listed in Table 3 are not acceptable to state highway departments and other agencies that have developed preapproved product lists. Cores typically consist of grooved channels. For a particular soil or project. fabric covered plastic or metal spirals or pipe cores.S.8 in (300 mm). a pattern of protruding studs. The jacket material is a physical barrier separating the core flow channels from the surrounding fine grained soils and a "filter" to limit the passage of fine grained soil into the core area. Several other PV drain types have been used outside the United States including circular sandfilled fabric tubes. Variations in these dimensions occur in some drains and at least one band-shaped drain has a width of 11. Product names and information given in Table 3 and elsewhere in the manual are provided for general reference and are not intended to be all inclusive. In fact.94 in (100 mm) wide by 0. The primary functions of a conventional PV drain filter jacket and core are given in Table 4. Criteria for selection of PV drain type and characteristics are provided in Section 2 of DRAIN SELECTION AND DESIGN. and those related to the methods and equipment used during installation. and to provide longitudinal flow paths along the drain length.16 in (4 mm) thick. The applicability of any given drain type for a particular project will depend on the drain's performance of these functions under in-situ soil and loading conditions. This information does not constitute an endorsement of any kind by either the Consultant or the FAdA. or mesh-type materials. many factors influence the capability of any given drain to perform the above functions. These factors are of two types: those intrinsic to the drain geometry and material properties and their relationship to the soil characteristics. Table 3 lists typical band-shaped PV dra ins identified to be presently available in the U. Installation is discussed in Sections 3 and 4 of INSTALLATION.

Canada LlN 529 Drainage D P. 301 Warehouse Drive Matthews. Osaka. Japan Harquim International Corporation 3112 Los Feliz Boulevard Los Angeles. Suite 17. 0. Japan Chemical Company. Atobe Kitamomachi Yao City. 111 Industrial urive Whitby. North Carolina l-800-438-9281 Bando 28105 Bando Drain Isobe.Table 3 Typical in the PV drains available United States. (4121257-2750 D Pennsylvania Geosystems. Hitek Name Alidrain Flodrain S M Manufacturer (Ml/US Distributor (D) Burcan Industries. Pittsburgh. Fukuzawa & Associates. Ontario. CA 90274 (2131377-4735 Castle Drain Board Kinjo Rubber Co. 15243 Inc. Ltd.D American Wick Drain Co. Inc. Inc. P. Ltd. 6129 Queenridge Drive Ranch0 Palos Verdes. and Burcan Manufacturing Inc. 0. Box 13222 & Ground Improvement.. Inc. Virginia (703) 430-5444 22170 Amerdrain 307 and 407 M. California 90039 (213)669-8332 14 . Product Alidrain. Box 618 Sterling.

BV Zuwe 212 III Holland Company Drive Pennsylvania 15220 D Vinylex M.D 37921 15 . Holland D BASF Corporation Fibers Division Geomatrix Systems Enka. Foster 415 Holiday Pittsburgh. 28728 Desol France Recosol Incorporated Rosslyn Center 1700 North Moore Street Suite 2200 Arlington. (415)262-3900 Sol Compact M Rhone-Poulenc Paris. Tennessee (6151690-2211 Holland. France Moretrench American Corporation 100 Stickle Avenue Rockaway. (MI/US in (D) Product Colbond Name CX-1000 Distributor Colbond BV Velperweg 76 6824 BM Amhen. Box 7187 Knoxville. 0. New Jersey 07866 (201)627-2100 Vinylex Corporation P. B. L. Virginia 22209 (7031524-6503 Mebradrain MD7007 Geotechnics Baambrugse Vinkeveen.Table 3 Typical PV drains the United States Manufacturer M available (continued). North Carolina (7041667-7713 Soletanche 6 rue de Watford F-92005 Nanterre.

Table 4 Functions of PV drain (after (13)). jacket and core Functions of Drain Jacket filter while to l Form a surface which allows a natural soil develop to inhibit movement of soil particles allowing passage of water into the drain Create paths Prevent lateral of the exterior surface of the internal o drain flow l closure of the soil pressure Drain internal support drain Core flow of the internal drain flow paths under Functions o o o l Provide Provide Maintain paths filter along jacket the drain configuration to longitudinal drain and shape stretching as well Provide resistance as buckling of the 16 .

u.DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS 1. is to achieve a desired degree of consolidation specified period of time. with drains. ij where = 1 - (l-i&. are described in most soil mechanics textbooks. the case of consolidation due to vertical drainage only is not discussed separately herein. horizontal or combined drainage depending on the situation considered. Therefore. is the result of the combined effects of horizontal (radial) and vertical drainage. This ratio is referred to as U. With vertical drains the overall average degree of consolidation. By definition. Depending on the boundary conditions consolidation may occur due to concurrent vertical and The average degree of consolidation. This manual is directed to the assessment of consolidation due to radial 17 .)(1-&) (Eq. can be horizontal drainage. The combined effect is given by: g. the average degree of consolidation. 1) ‘ii i&j = = overall average radial) average drainage. The design of precompression requires the evaluation of drain and soil properties and as a system) as well as the effects of installation. Objectives or without PV within a with PV drains (both separately The principal objective of soil precompression. The degree of consolidation can be measured by the ratio of the settlement at any time to the total primary settlement thatJill (or is expected to) occur. For one-dimensional consolidation without drains. average degree of consolidation due to horizontal (or degree of drainage degree consolidation irv = of consolidation due to vertical Considerations for evaluation of &. calculated for the vertical. only consolidation due to one dimensional (vertical) seepage to natural drainage boundaries is considered. but consolidation theory can be applied to horizontal or radial drainage as well. one-dimensional consolidation is considered to result from vertical drainage only.

. A The design of a PV drain system requires the prediction of the rate dissipation of excess pore pressures by radial seepage to vertical drains as well as evaluating the contribution of vertical drainage. Barron's work was based on simplifying assumptions of Terzaghi's one-dimensional linear consolidation theory. The most widely-used simplified solution from Barron's analysis (see Appendix A) provides the following relationship among time. consolidation due to vertical drainage is presented in Figure 4. coefficient of consolidation and the average degree of consolidation: t where t = (D2/8ch) FInI ln(l/(l-gh)) (Eq. 2) = time required degree to achieve Dh due to horizontal average drainage D = of consolidation diameter of the (drain influence coefficent drain ln(D/d) diameter spacing . this equation permeability (i. of Tne first comprehensive treatmen (in English) of the radial drainage problem was presented by Barron ($1 who studied the theory of vertical sand drains.drainage and the combined comparison of one-dimensional and due to radial drainage 2. 3) d = of a circular theory In addition further l to the one-dimensional assumes that: the drain resistance) itself has infinite assumptions. no drain 18 . Design Equations effects~of vertical and radial drainage. drain diameter and spacing.3/4 cylinder zone) of influence of the drain cn F(n) = = = of consolidation factor (simplified) drain for horizontal drainage Kq. Appendix A includes a discussion of Barron's analysis and an explanation of the resulting simplified equation.e.



there are consolidation disturbance)

no adverse effects on soil properties due to drain

permeability installation

and (i.e.,


Equation 2 was modified oy Hansbo(g) to be applied drains and to include consideration of disturbance resistance effects. Hansbo's derivation and terms theoretical analysis (See Appendix A for a summary modifications). The resulting general equation is:

to and are of

band-shaped PV drain based on a Hansbo's

t where t I&



+ Fs + Fr) h(l/(l-~h))

(Eq. 4)

= =





oh at depth z due to

average horizontal diameter coefficient drain ln(D/d,)

degree of consolidation drainage of the of cylinder consolidation factor of

il Ch F(n)

= = =

influence for



drain drainage


spacing - 3/4

(Eq. 5)
(See detailed discussion in


equivalent diameter later section) factor ( (kh&) for soil


- 1) ln(d,/d,) the of permeability undisturbed in soil in the the

(Eq. 6)


the coefficient direction in the coefficient direction in diameter drain factor rz for of


the the

of permeability disturbed soil idealized disturbed

horizontal around the






(L - Z) (kh/q,)






distance layer










effective drain length; length of drain when drainage occurs at one end only; half length of drain when drainage occurs at both ends discnarge capacity of the drain (at gradient = 1.0)



The variables of Equation following sections. 3. The Ideal --Case

4 are

shown in


5 and discussed



Equation 4 can be simplified to the "ideal case" by ignoring the effects of soil disturbance and drain resistance (i.e., F, = Fr = 0). The resulting ideal case equation is equivalent to Barron's solution:





lnW(I-ghll for a specified degree of consolidation of soil properties (Ch), design variables (0, d,).

In the ideal case, the time simplifies to be a function requirements (T&,1 and design

The theory of consolidation with radial drainage assumes that the soil is drained by a vertical drain with a circular cross section. The radial consolidation equations include the drain diameter, d. A band-shaped PV drain must therefore be assigned an "equivalent diameter," d,. The equivalent diameter of a band-shaped drain is defined as the diameter of a circular drain which has the same theoretical radial drainage performance as the band-shaped drain. Under most conditions dw can be assumed to be independent of subsurface conditions, soil properties and installation effects. It can be assumed to be a function of the drain geometry and configuration only.

‘,~~,“,“,~~PJgys,‘~ dW




to calculate




(Eq. 9)








Scnematic and soil

of PV drain disturbance.




where: a b = = width thickness of a band-shaped of drain cross drain section cross section

a band-shaped

Equation 9 is based on the assumption that circular and band-shaped drains will, for practical purposes, result in the same consolidation performance if their circumferences are the same (see Figure 6). Equation 9 also assumes that the core does not significantly impede seepage into the drainage channels. Impedence can occur if the core openings to the drainage channels are very small and/or widely spaced, or if a high percentage of the jacket area is in direct contact with the core. Based on initial research performed to prepare this manual, Equation 9 was found to be generally valid when the portion of the perimeter area of the band-shaped drain which permits inflow


(27) design use for a/b of approximately 9A) This conclusion is supported by other published Equation 9A is considered to be appropriate for conventional band-shaped drains having the ratio 50 or less. studies. In practice the equivalent diameter calculated using Equation often arbitrarily reduced in recognition of the uncertainties in determining the equivalent diameter of a band-shaped drain. between openings to the drainage channels. (not obstructed by the drain core) exceeds approximately 10 to 20 percent of the total perimeter. practice is considered unnecessary if Equation 9A is used. Subseq ent finite manualY8) suggest Equation 9 to: element that it studies performed during may be more appropriate preparation to modify of this dW = (a+b)/2 (Eq.3 . The ideal case equation is commonly in some cases even for final designs. will tend to reduce the theoretical impedence caused by core blockage. this condition is easily met. seepage in the planer of the jacket. For most types of PV drains.EQUIVALENT CIRCULAR DRAIN WITH (EQUATION (EQUATION 91 9A) BAND SHAP ED PV DRAIN Figure 6 Equivalent diameter of a PV drain. Also. 9 is involved This used for preliminary designs and Appropriate design equations to are discussed in later sections 2. be used for typical design conditions of the manual.

4) The assumed conditions resistance are shown in used to model Figure 5. t = it is appropriate to consider the effects of drain soil disturbance. soil In Equation 4 the effects of soil disturbance (F. the soil disturbance effect (F./d.) can be of approximately the same or slightly more significance than F(n). 0 Soil Disturbance case with soil 4 simplifies disturbance to: (no drain resistance) For the Equation t = (D2/8ch) (F(n) ' Fs) ln(l/(l-gh)) (Eq. The General Case case. these equation (Equation disturbance./d. and the drain resistance effect (Fr) is typically of minor importance. 3.) and drain resistance (F ) are additive (i.1) ln( d.. drain 24 .figure 7 shows the relationship of F(n) to D/d. The general 4) includes factors for drain resistance and soil (D2/8Ch)(F(n) + Fs + Fr) ln(l/(I-Uh)) disturbance and drain (Eq. both tend to retard the rate of consolidation below. As discussed parametric studies that the drain spacing effect (F(n)) is always an important factor. 2 to In some situations resistance and/or conditions. ratios. 6) Figure 9 illustrates the relative magnitude of F. 4. Depending on the project effects may or may not be significant. it is apparent from theoretical Y . 10) where FS = ((kh/k.) . for a range of soil parameters and d. for the ideal ditnin a typical range of D/d..) (Eq. For typical values of F(n) the ratio of Fs/F(n might range from of approximately 1 to 3. F(n) ranges from approximately Figure 8 is a series of design curves for the ideal case.e. This means i hat the effect disturbance on reducing the rate of consolidation could theoretically be up to 3 times as great as the effect of spacing.

0 IO 20 30 40 50 60 o/d” FOR THE IDEAL CASE t = (no soil disturbance or drain resistance) ( EQUATION 8 1 I D2 F(n) R. Ti=TQ 83. 25 . for "ideal case". ( EQUATION 5 1 ’ I figure 7 Relationship of F(n) to D/d...

05m “ideal case”. = 0.G] Ln [ $Q-] (Equation 2) For other Values of oh (aSSLIming d.85m figure 8 Example design 26 curves .05m t for ah Find: required D l.9m2 Im2 /yr yr w/d.05m) t = -Chbtb ‘h Example Given: ‘h = I .1 I IO 100 TIME. = 90 % = 20 months Solution: t b = (20 months) = 38 months D = l. dw = 0.0 20 100 L 0. for = 0. t b (months) 2 t = + 5-l [ln s W .9 m2 / yr.

however with development. or to ignore the effects altogetner. the proposed framework promises to provide a more analytically sound approach to estimating soil disturbance effects than the current statef-the-practic which is to use the methods proposed by Barronr2) and Hansbo f g). the soil disturbance due to mandrel insertion and withdrawal was studied with empha i on analyti a techniques developed since the work by Barron ts2 and Hansbo 'ij g . 27 . A summary of the results of this research is presented in Appendix B along with a framework for predicting installation disturbance effects. Full development of the framework is beyond the research scope.Fs = ( h-1) t ks ln(ds 7) W (Eauation 6) 8 6 3 4 5 6 kh'ks figure 9 Disturbance factor (Fs) for typical parameters. As part of the research for preparing this manual.

. Fr not equal to zero) but is constant witn depth if there is no well resistance (Fr equals zero).e.2) (kh/q. Equation 4 applies. typically the theoretical effect of drain resistance is significantly less than the effect of drain spacing or soil disturbance. t = (D2/8ch) (F(n) + Fs + Fr) ln(l/(l-$1) (Eq. 0 Combined Soil Disturbance and Drain Resistance disturbance and drain For the combined case of combined soil resistance.jJ) an average value of Fr (see explanation (Eq.0 Drain Resistance (without drain disturbance) resistance (no disturbance) Equation 4 For the case with simplifies to: t wnere Fr Fr' = = = (D2/8ch) (F(n) + Fr) ln(l/(l-Uh)) Kq. 7) below) It can be seen from Equations 7 and 11 thatgh varies with depth if there is drain resistance (i.. If an averge value of Fr (Fr') is entered into Equation 11. One approach to the averaging in the following: One way drainage: Fr' = (h/3)$+ (kh/qw) (Eq. Therefore. 4) 28 . 11) nz(L . 74 process (presented in Figure 10) results Two way drainage: Fr' = (r/6)(LZ)(kh/qw) (Eq.05. 7b) 'rlith typical values the ratio of Fr'/ F(n) is generally less than 0. uh can be considered to be the average degree of consolidation for the entire layer.

.(z) 0 .(&j(z)) kh kh =n-((zL-z2)=TT4.: kh f./2 PERMEABCE STRATUM -I I L2/4 f. FI = 2n 3 L2 kh w (EQUATION 7b) figure 10 Estimation drain resistance factor (Fr’).- (EQUATION of the drain for for I way drainage 2 way drainage 7) L is the length L= Hd L= 2tid TWO WAY DRAINAGE .). = .(z)) 0 Lb 0 L2 f)(z) of an average 29 kh kh 2L 7rq(--z2)=nq w 2 +( z2L kh f. d&:. = nr(L-2) kh .). Fr =nz(L-z+ F.(n$J:..(z) LD 0 ONE WAY DRAINAGE IMPERMEABLE STRATUM Z Fr = nl+-z)q.. F.(z) -..=!&6 2 k h qw (EQUATION 7a) z L . = .F.

to for (t vs. can also be very significant. Evaluations of the relative economic and technical merits additional surcharging versus drain spacings where it is determined that the rate of primary consolidation settlement must be accelerated to meet the project schedule. has only a minimal influence on tgD. Subsurface to provide conditions properties of the project of tolerable time requirements and the amounts of postconstruction b. Predictions of at representative for cases with the anticipated settlements at due to primary consolidation and d. Figure 11 demonstrates the relative effects of key parameters in Equations 4 and 12 for a given base case situation. which can vary by a factor of about 2 to 3. d. 30 . Predictions of the total representative locations secondary compression. soil disturbance and drain resistance. D. of f.3/4) + ((kh/ks)-1) ln(ds/dw) + rZ( L-Z) (kh/q. investigations and laboratory soil detailed information on site soil and high-quality data on pertinent of the compressible soils. Evaluation of stability and the possible need establish safe heights of filling berms and/or staged construction. and ds). 5. The influence of the properties of the disturbed zone (k.wnere F(n)+F. The Val UC? Of ch..+Fs = (ln(D/dw) . uesign Approach scheme utilizing PV drains should include the design of a preloading following main steps: a. The equivalent diameter.) &I. has the most dominant influence on tgQ. which can easily vary by a factor of 10. 12) Equations 4 and 12 represent the general case for PV drains witn consideration of drain spacing. It should be noted from Figure 11 that the greatest potential effect on tg0 is due to changes in ch and D.. drains n. testing program and drainage engineering C. rate of primary consolidation locations for the case without PV drains at several spacings. has a consIderable influence due to the D2 term. although much more difficult to quantify.) and e. Evaluation establishment settlement.

06 0.0 IO.68 0.05 0.05 of I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I t 90 Case i 90 t gOCase I I .6 25.1 9 I .n($)]Ln’i+) (EQUATION ID/“’ t CASE ‘h (m2/yd D (4 dv4 (m) 0.05 0.24 2.3 3. I 40.2 2 4 2 4 effects 5.05 0.5 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 Zxample 20.05 0. I I 9.50 0.0 18.0 on $0.87 0.05 0.9 34.00 1. I 49.07 0.1 1 I Illllll I I I111111 I I I I lllll I TIME t = < [[[n(t)-:] + (3 -I) (months) l.05 0.100 J 0.94 (months) I 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 IO Figure 2 2 2 2 2 4 8 I 2 2 11 2 I 2.4 I parameter 31 .25 2.oo 0. 0.05 0.

geotechnical engineering experience and judgement. If there are errors or unrealistic assumptions made in any of the above stages. by nature.The above approach requires knowledge of design procedures for PV drains. The following chapters discuss drain design individually with discussions of parameters. The design process for PV drains is iterative approach given above is listed in steps which interrelated. then the success of the project (in terms of preventing stability failures and limiting postconstruction settlements to within the allowable limits) may be adversely affected even though the PV drains may perform in accordance with theoretical predictions. The general are highly the key parameters in PV interrelation between 32 .

Coefficient Coefficient - The coefficient of consolidation for horizontal drainage. soil property values evaluated at the maximum stress to be applied to the compressible soil in of Consolidation of Permeability for Horizontal for Horizontal Drainage Seepage (kh) and The application of of soil properties appropriate to use vertical effective the field. Project categories are presented below as an expedient to the following summary discussion on the evaluation of design parameters. a. length less than about 60 ft (18m)) Generally similar to Category A although with increased degree of complexity . In general. Ch. an One or more of the following: Unusual soils (varved. and ks. low to moderate sensitivity) Simple construction (no staged loading) PV drains (few in number. k. Soil Properties (Ch. Project Category A Description Basically uniform soil (no varving.EVALUATION OF DESIGN PARAMETERS 1.) the general equation (Eq. kh. can be evaluated using the following relationship: 33 . Objectives The design of a PV drain project requires evaluation of design parameters including soil and drain properties as well as the effects of installation. or high sensitivity) Staged loading or other construction complications PV drains (numerous or length greater than about 60 ft (18m)) 2.intermediate between categories A and C. The appropriate level of effort involved in the evaluation of each parameter will depend in part on the overall relative size and complexity of the project. 4) requires an evaluation it is considered ch. kh.

= 1) from one-dimensional consolidation tests (ASTM 02435) which would be performed on any project (Category A.) c.3 requires an awareness of the basic assumptions used and the potential ramifications of soil macrofabric on the ratio Of kh/k.e. e 12) In-situ determination of kh by small-scale pumping tests in piezometers or by self-boring permeameters can be used with laboratory mv values to calculate ch using the relationship: ch where YW = kh/hvvw) (Eq. field and/or laboratory measurements should be made for comparison with the estimate.Cl] = bq. Ch and the ratio of kh/Kv can be more accurately estimated using the methods described in Table 6. (Eq. kh/k... The ratio of permeability can be approximated using Table 5 as a preliminary guide or preferably from available data on the soil in question. t3 or C) involving vertical drains. On a Category A project cn can usually be conservatively estimated as being equal to cv measured in the laboratory (i. 13) The techniques used to evaluate Ch depend on the project complexity (Category A. Th se techniques are reviewed by Jamiolkowski et al. and then evaluate ch using Equation 13 (fSf . Proper application of Equation I. In-situ piezometer probes and analysis of pore pressure dissipation curves can also be used to evaluate Ch and kh. On Category C and possibly Category B projects. 14) = = unit weight of water of volume change coefficient Use of the specialized in-situ techniques requires a thorough understanding of soil consolidation theory in order to properly analyze the results. 34 .. Consequently the generally recommended approach is to employ conventional consolidation tests to measure cv combined with field and laboratory investigations to imate kh/k.. B or C)./k.

i40 evidence (Partially completely of layeriny dried clay has uniform appearance)** 1. for soft clays. sedimentary clays with discontinuous lenses and layers of more permeable soil)*** 1 to 1. sedimentary clays with occasional silt dustings to random silty lenses)** Fairly well to well developed macrofabric (e.g. sedimentary clays witn discontinuous lenses and layers of more permeable material)*** 2 to 5 2 to 4 3. 35 .* kh/kv 1.000 psf.2+ 0.Table 5 Representative ratios of kh/k.2 - No or only slightly developed macrofabric (e.5 L.g. ** *** (13) (11) These ratios are provided for general information purposes only.g. Slight layering (e. Varved clays in tiortheastern US ** lo+ 5 Varved clays and other deposits containing embedded and more or continuous permeable layers*** less 3 to 15 Notes: * Soft clay is shear strength Reference: Reference: defined as a clay with an undrained of less than 1. Designers should verify the actual properties of any given soil.

kh) flow Problem with variability when using different samples Better than No.Table 6 Methods (after for measurement (14)).5) Laboratory permeability tests on vertical and horizontal samples (Ch) Laboratory permeability tests on cubic sample (h/h/ ) Field constant head tests with hydraulic piezometer (ch.16) (19) Field from drain pumping vertical (kh) test sand (3) Field falling head tests in piezometers (kh) and piezocone pore pressure dissipation (ch) (13) 36 . 4. of ch and kh/kv Method and Parameter Remarks References Laboratory consolidometer test on horizontal sample kh) Laboratory consolidometer test with radial drainage to sides (ch) Laboratory test with to vertical (ch) consolidometer radial drainage sand drain Wrong mv Sample size results (21) influences May have problems with side friction and scale effects Large sample recommended to minimize scale effects (17) m2. large large (10 cm) samples recommended Method of installation important Need to consider length to diameter ratio Method of installation important Pervious layers can have important effect Pervious important layers effect can have (24) (6.

However.) capacity equation (qw) are (Equation drain 4). for particular project conditions. 37 . Accurate measurement of drain discharge capacity is time consuming and requires relatively sophisticated laboratory testing. etc..0. 3. design engineer. discharge capacity is not normally measured by the engineer as part of the PV drain design process but rather is obtained from published results.. Unfortunately. Vertical discharge capacities are often reported by the drain manufacturers. which is almost always less significant than the drain spacing and disturbance factors. 9A) For commonly used abOUt 2 in (%Mn) 0. (d. Equivalent properties a. Coefficient Disturbed of Permeability Soil (k. ranges from Discharge Capacity The discharge capacity of a PV drain is required to analyze the drain resistance factor. q. Therefore. Results of vertical discharge capacity tests performed as part of this research and those performed by others are Shown in Figure 12.) and discharge to use the general Diameter diameter as: (dw) for conventional band-shaped drains should dW = ((a+bV2 1 (Eq. (qw) d. can be expected to vary with soil sensitivity and the presence or absence of soil macrofabric. These results demonstrate the major influence of confining pressure. band-shaped PV drains. to 3 in (75 mm).) in the Horizontal Direction in the Evaluation of the general equation requires an estimate of Very little published guidance is available to the k&. Careful consideration. several different test configurations (confining media.) are used to obtain these values. the ratio of kh/k.. engineering judgement and possibly special testing are necessary to make realistic assessments of kh/k. is generally considered to range from 1 to 5 at strain levels anticipated within the disturbed soil. Drain Properties diameter required Equivalent Equivalent be calculated Id. The ratio of kh/k. drain sample size.

4: .\ ‘\\\ .(1) Colbond report. ‘\ ’ . -w v -. 38 . (4) Jamiolkowski and Lancellotta.L \ f. (3) Reference 8.\E “. Figure 12 Typical values of vertical discharge capacity. Castle Drain 0.4 Col bond cx-1000 \ (41 200 \ bDesol \ (2) \ \ Oesol(3) L 0 60 100 0 0 20 40 LATERAL CONFINING PRESSURE Note: Data Data Sources from sources other than (3) not verified. \“\ \ I’\ Mebradrain .4 HYDRAULIC GRADlENT = - I 200 IIO00 c .6 \ :. 1.Y -\ \ \ \ \ Mebradrain MD7007 (3) ‘. *. promotional literature. Test methods vary.2. unpublished. MO7407 (4) -2 -N \ . (2) Desol internal .

Although little data are available to assess shape effects. Evaluation of the disturbance effects is understanding is that disturbance. PV drain installation results and displacement of the soil surrounding the drain. the ratio kh/kv can be very high. The PV Since the area there is the the drain which is results in laboratory test data. Generally disturbance increases with larger total mandrel cross sectional area.. as it is most dependent upon: l very complex. For soils with pronounced . In lieu of specific can be conservatively m3/yr) for currently only known exception horizontal confining 4. Soil macrofabric (soil layering).c. possibility that an annular space is created around present after the mandrel is removed. adequate stiffness of the mandrel (dependent on cross sectional area and shape) is required to maintain vertical alignment. Mandrel size and shape. Buckling or crimping of the drain has been observed in both laboratory and field testing. within tne remolded zone. possibly up However. However.Vertical discharge capacity is also influenced by the effects of vertical compression on the shape of the drain. PV drains are typically installed using equipment shown in Figure 13. it is believed that the shape of the mandrel tip and anchor should be as tapered as possible. van de Griend Y26 7 observed reductions of 10 to 90 percent in vertical discharge capacity at vertical compression of about 20 percent in laboratory consolidation tests. van de Griend concluded that a rigid drain will experience a greater reduction since buckling begins at a lower value of relative compression. 0 39 . of the mandrel is greater than that of the drain.fabric. Disturbed Soil ___Zone w similar to that in shear strains The shearing is pressure. The potential reduction on vertical discharge is er difficult to accurately estimate. The installation disturbance to the soil around the drain. The present relates to drain performance. the beneficial effecis of soil stratification (and hence greater horizontal permeability) can be reduced or completely eliminated.. discharge capacity assumed to be 3500 ft3/yr (100 available band-shaped drains with the of the Desol drain when exposed to stress in excess of 40 psi (276 kPa). The mandrel cross sectional area should be as close to that of the drain as possible to minimize displacement. while at the same time. accompanied oy increases in total stress and pore drain is protected by the mandrel during installation.

.. .‘. :.:‘:. 43 .. ... ._ .-..*... ’ ..::...:..a. . 4’ 4’ .. . . . .*... . . .. .. . .“.. ... . ..‘-. ... ‘I.‘..:..: . *. ‘.. ‘... . -kiER ROLLER / /////////////////////////// . . . . .-.:: . . ..‘..* ...~ .~<“...a.‘... . . ...... . ... .UPPER MAIN ROLLER- 7 MANDREL I.:‘:. .I. . . . .* .. . . : . :. ..:‘. ._ * ......:.:.. . . . . . .:: :. . ..:I. . . . . (Al tNSTALLATlON RIG (B) DRAIN DELIVERY ARRANGEMENT STEEL SHAPE PV DRAIN ROLLERS MANDREL MAY VARY) (cl CROSS SECTION OF MANDREL AND DRAIN Figure 13 Typical PV drain installation equipment. . . .... . . ._ ...:...~. ... .:. .. -.‘... . .. . ... * .’ ..a.:. . . . . . “. . . :‘.

15) where r. which is used in both the general and ideal cases. static pushing is thought to be preferred to driving or vibrating the mandrel especially in sensitive soils. complete soil remolding occurs (see Figure 14). It is not known whether drain performance is sensitive to the rate of mandrel penetration. Vertical drains are cormnonly installed in square or triangular patterns (see Figure 15). If necessary. Research performed as part of the development of this manual (see Figure 14 and Appendix 6) indicates the theoretical distribution of shear strain with radial distance from a circular mandrel. D is a variable in the drain spacing factor. are not known at this 5. The effect of penetration rate on wobbling should be observed during installation. or cross sectional area of the anchor or tip. The penetration rate and mandrel stiffness should be selected to limit wobbling.. from Equation 15 the theoretical shear strain is approximately 5 percent. 0 can retard layers into Installation Procedure. whichever is greater. wh n isturbance is as e lo ? : dS = (5 to it has been recommended by others that to be considered.Smearing of pervious layers with less pervious soil the lateral seepage of porewater from the pervious the drain. Buckling or "wobbling" of the mandrel can cause added disturbance. D is a controllable of drain spacing only. The effects of a 5 percent shear strain on critical soil time. the rate should be controlled to 1 imit wobbling. is the radius of a circle with an area equal to the mandrel s greatest cross sectional area. should be evaluated 6)rm 03-j. For design purposes it is currently assumed that within the disturbed zone. However. It is the distance between the drains (S) that establishes D through the following relationships: 41 . properties. thereby reducing the effective kh/k. Unlike the other parameters discussed above with the variable since it is a function exception of dw. At the distance d. For design purposes. F (n). such as Ch.. No conclusive data are available on the effects of varying the installation procedure. d.. Drain Influence Zone -(0) The time to achieve a given percent consolidation is a function of the square of the diameter of the influence cylinder (0).

around Pattern Square Triangular D as a function D= D= 1.pq- Disturbed zone 4 Undisturbed soil Developed for this Manual d. circular drain f r s “S z-z 2 (5r 2) m -.13s 1... 16) (Eq. particularly for sites where surveying is difficult. Appendix B) Figure 14 Approximation of the disturbed zone see the mandrel.-./. * For constant site plan area per drain. consolidation between drains than does an equivalent square pattern. 17) A square pattern may be easier to lay out and control in the field. 42 .05s of S* (Eq. _ -.PHYSICAL CONDITIONS IDEALIZED Previouslv CONDITIONS bv others orooosed I I Fouivolent -7 -.: . A triangular however since it provides more uniform pattern is usually preferred.= Path Method.

Vertica I drain D=l. (s) to 43 . \ \ ‘\ D = 1. ‘.13 SQUARE S PATTERN 0 0 0 m *.05 TRIANGULAR S PATTERN Note: Plan area per drain is n D2/4 for both patterns Figure 15 Relationship of drain influence drain zone spacing (II).

without a more thorough study of the underlying mechanisms. The PV drain design is one step in the iterative process of developing a cost-effective precompression scheme.I)RAId ilESIGi\l AND SELECTIOd 1. With the increasing number of projects using development and popularity of PV drains with equivalent diameters. This approach introduces complications to the determination of ch and the evaluation of disturbance effects. Assessing the need for vertical drains is the first step on projects where precompression is determined to be a viable approach to improving the foundation soils. in the are 44 . However. current typical practice should evaluate the project. With this approach. and length of a PV drain to accomplish a required degree of consolidation within a specified time. The design engineer applicability of the procedures for any given vertical drains and the relatively small rational methods to becomes apparent. in some cases sand drain installations may have been designed with conservatism due to the inability of the design methods and previous experience to reasonably account for the uncertainties of variables like installation effects and limited drain discharge. PV drains probably not required. if soil has been precompressed so that the soil will still be over-consolidated after consolidating under the preload. drain type (displacement. The design guidelines recommended in this manual address only tnose issues pertaining to the design of the PV drain system. nondisplacement) and spacing. For example. spacing. the importance of more eval uate ch. Traditionally. since qw for a typical 12 in (30 cm) sand drain could be less than 3500 ft3/yr (130 m3/yr) and center-to-center drain spacing often exceeded 0 ft (2 m). discharge capacity and disturbance Procedures are given herein which represent for designing PV drains. The example given in Appendix C illustrates how the PV drain design fits into the framework of the precompression scheme. "effective" Ch would vary with drain diameter. This may or may not be a reasonable assumption. drain disturbance effects have been accounted for by using "effective" values of ch which were intended to represent a weighted average of the disturbed and undisturbed zones. One of the most important factors the assessment is the stress history of the soil. Effects of discharge capacity were usually ignored. Objectives The principal objective of a PV drain design is to select the type. would perpetuate similar design uncertainties. PV drain design procedures have evolved from procedures used successfully in the design of sand drains. Extending the same design methods to PV drains.

Economic comparisons between amount of surcharge versus quantity (spacing and length) of PV drains should also be made prior to selection of f-inal drain design. 2. d. The design example (Appendix C) illustrates a procedure for maximizing the efficiency of the surcharge/PV drain design. If dissipation of the remaining positive excess pore pressure would result in a calculated settlement exceeding the tolerable value. then either the use of drains and/or greater surcharge is required. For common PV drains. The primary concerns in the selection of type of PV drain for a particular project include: 0 0 Equivalent Discharge Jacket Material filter diameter capacity characteristics flexibility and permeability and durability in the given. by accelerating the rate of increase in effective stress. drains are likely required. However. Discharge capacity. In general. q. and an evaluation of different properties of pertinent case histories the candidate drains. qw PV Discharge capacity is seldom an important consideration for drains. Each of criteria a. review of . should be known for the selected drain and its effect should be checked using procedures given 45 .PV Drain Type Selection of a PV drain type(s) for a specific project should be an objective process including experience on similar projects. Selection of me-. it is probably inappropriate to use a drain with an equivalent diameter of less than 2 in (50 mm). The need for drains in this case can be assessed by comparing the time to achieve the stress increase without drains to the available time. On some projects it is necessary to accelerate the rate of soil shear strength increase. If the necessary time is greater than the available time. dw Equivalent diameter should be calculated using Equation 9A.Another approach involves calculation of the final effective stress at the end of time available for preloading for the case without vertical drains. b. ranges from 2 to 3 in (50 to 75 mm). following sections and a 0 strength. these factors is discussed for their evaluation are Equivalent diameter.

However. For most soil types. It may be better to compare geotextiles using permittivity. Some drains may have jackets with a permeability so high that they are not effective in preventing fines from passing into the core. which is defined as the volumetric flow rate per unit area under a given hydraulic head. it is necessary to estimate the fabric thickness which is a function of confining pressure. The drain (core or jacket) must not break when subjected to handling and installation stresses. design criteria which can be applied in gen r 1 to PV drains are presented by Christopher and Holtz ivO . the selected drain should have a vertical discharge capacity of at least 3500 ft3/yr (100 m3/yr) measured under a gradient of one while confined by the maximum in-situ effective horizontal stress. The potential exists for tne jacket to cake or clog due to the mobility of fines in The cakin and clogging of PV jackets is the remolded soil. Typical values of qw are given in Figure 12. 287 . flexibility and durability The stress-strain characteristics of the jacket and core should be compatible. the jacket filter characteristics are presently considered to be more important than permeability. Most currently available PV drains have greater jacket permeaoility than required to pass water into the drain. In order to determine the permeability of PV jackets or any other geotextile. Jacket oermeabil itY The jacket permeability can retard consolidation if it is not equal to or greater than the permeability of the surrounding soil. Therefore. A relatively high rupture strain is more important than very high tensile strength. This is very difficult and represents a major drawback to using permeability. 46 .in Section 4 of DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS. e. at least initially the jacket serves as a "filter" when the preloading increases pore pressures and the pore water seeps horizontally into the drain core. C. To date the available a topic of recent researchl results of such research are not conclusive with regard to the mechanism of clogging. In general. Jacket filter characteristics The PV drain jacket is exposed to groundwater and remolded soil at the completion of drain installation. Material strength. which are typically nigher than the in-situ stresses (if subgrade stability is not an issue). d.

Other properties such as clogging potential or crimping are not explicitly accounted for in the current design equations. core be free adverse durability of synthetic woven or non-woven geotextile jackets throughout the consolidation period is usually not a concern for cases of non-polluted groundwater. 47 . If groundwater is suspected to contain solvents or other chemical contamination. and no single characteristic may be sufficient to disqualify its use. During the preparation of this manual. For this reason. microbial degradation and very be checked. 3. the possible effects on drain integrity should Deterioration. There are numerous PV drains available for the design engineer to evaluate and select for a specific project. The selected PV drain should have characteristics such that the system will achieve the desired consolidation within the specified time. if known. The product information that was received for 10 PV drain distributors/manufacturers is summarized in Tables 7 and 8. the U.S. Disturbance effects may eliminate theoretical benefit of significantly closer spacing. The information provided in these tables is included in this manual for general reference. but may have sufficiently large equivalent diameter to offset adverse characteristics. Relative hydraulic properties of alternate drain types.It is generally considered to slip within the jacket effects of crimping during preferable that the to reduce the possible consolidation. Individual drain characteristics may represent tradeoffs. a given drain may have relatively low discharge capacity or jacket permeability. PV drains having synthetic jackets should be used. low wet strength are concerns with paper jackets. -Photographs of 12 representative PV drain samples available at thie time this manual was prepared are shown in Figure 16. should The practical minimum drain spacing is usually about center to center. Other Design Considerations be given to other factors including the following: 3 ft any (lm) on Consideration a. can be evaluated by use of the design equation. The design engineer should verify this information and obtain similar updated information prior to recommending or specifying a particular PV drain. representatives for various PV drain products were contacted and asked to submit detailed product information. These photographs are included to give the design engineer a perspective the variety of band shaped PV drains available. For example.


it may not be necessary to fully penetrate the compressible stratum to achieve the necessary shear strength gain or amount of consolidation. Theoretic 1 nalyses of partial penetration have been developedP23y. The amount of soil displacement is intuitively a major factor in the resulting effects of soil disturbance. (1 to 3m). The cross-sectional d.). Evaluation of drain designs. area of the mandrel affects the volume of soil displaced by the mandrel during installation. In some cases. 49 . Typically the cross-sectional area of the mandrel is less than 10 in2 (65 cmzj. Wain center layout is to center typically spacings a triangular of 3 to 9 ft or square pattern. Sites having more than one compressible stratum can be analyzed by treating each layer independently if drain discharge capacity does not retard consolidation. Also. additional length may not improve the consolidation rate due to the effects of drain resistance. l consolidation at maximum (cv effective 0 boundaries bottom and intermediate drainage layers. the available information is inconclusive regarding the possible detrimental effects of vibratory installation. Where overall stability is a problem. 0 compressibility coefficient evaluated drainage top. with e. as drain length becomes very large (say greater than 80 ft (Xm)). l !I* soil properties The evaluation is the should most difficult include: step in stress history effective stress profile (Zvo). CR. maximum past pressure profile (lavm). effects of disturbance on overall stability should be evaluated. however. Shear strength can be adversely affected by the soil remolding and excess pore pressures caused by insertion of the mandrel. and Ch) stress. Drain length should be sufficient to consolidate the deposit or portions of the deposit to the extent necessary to achieve the design objectives. Vibratory installation may cause a greater increase in pore pressures than static pushing. C. C.b. f. Drain installation disturbs the soil and may reduce the shear strength of the deposit. of of soil (RR.

Weight (g/m) Free Surface hm2) Free Volume (mm3/mm) 100 7 4 3 !: 9) Lb 3. This i n f ormation is provided for purposes only. the open cross sectional area of the drain). 77-200 190 146* 500 180 108-470 215 (1) Information distributor supplied indicating supplied Free drain core given was provided by the manufacturer/ unless designated by 0 indicating it was by others and verified by measurement or * it was determined using information by the distributor/manufacturer. general verify information the actual (4) . PV Drain b-d Alidrain Alidrain S Amerdrain 307 Amerdrain 407 Bando Castle Drain Board Colbond CX-1000 Des01 Hitek Flodrain Mebradrain MD7007 Sol Compact Vinylex ilange Median Notes: 1DO 100 100 9. Designers should properties of any given PV drain. (3 Free volume is defined as the total cross sectional area of the drain minus the cross sectional area of the core (i." 200 200 13.e.5 i 3 5* 4 2-7 3 160 90 93 (E. 90 ii 90 92 98* 93 50-160 92 180 100 200 200 470 260 250 250 I E. (152) 100 95 130 100 100" 95 95-100 100 7. information Width.::' Tnickness.Table 7 Summary of general product provided by-distributors)manufacturers. defined that is as the distance not obstructed around to flow the by the (2 surface is perimeter structure..

Jacket PV Drain Alidrain Alidrain S Core/Jacket Connection none none none none bonded bonded none none none none none Polymer** P P PP PP * R P PP PP * PP by U.polypropylene.8 Permeability (x10-4 cm/set) 3 3 300 200 ioo 1. PV drain.polyester.polyethylene.5 3. Notes: (1) Information for general of any given Permeability shown was provided by the information purposes only.000 200 500 * 200 Polymer** PE PE PP PP i0 FO .) 3.polyolefin.5 3 4 * * 5. PO .Table 8 Summary of jacket and core information provided by distributors/manufacturers.: * PE Core Geometry studded both sides studded one side channels channels channels channels filaments channels dimpled channels channels continuous ribs G-l w Amerdrain 307 Amerdrain 407 Bando Castle Drain Board Colbond CX-1000 Desol Hitek Flodrain Mebradrain MD7007 Sol Compact Vinylex No Jacket Typar Typar Typar Typar 4 4 * 4 * Information ** P . Trade Name Chicopee Chicopee DuPont DuPont * * Colbond DuPont DuPont DuPont or Bidim DuPont Typar Typar Weight (oz. PP . test method generally not product manufacturer/distributor Designers should verify the and is provided actual properties (2) specified. .S. R Rayon. not provided distributor. PE .


shear strength profile initial in-situ profile; estimated strength gain with settlement/stability analysis.




Orain effectiveness can be affected by increasing horizontal confining stress. Figure 17 illustrates that increased confining stress can be a result of increased depth below the ground surface and increased preload or surcharge. The engineer should be aware of potential changes in the performance properties of the PV drain as a result of the horizontal confining pressure. Also, the drain discharge capacity will tend to decrease with time due the possible effects of creep. These effects are partially offset by the fact that the volume flow through the drain is highest during the initial stages of consolidation and the fact that the discharge capacity of most PV drains current y available is in excess of the recommended minimum of 3500 ft 3lyr (100 m3/yr). Spacing and Length



The drain spacing and length are determined using the basic design approach given in Section 3 of DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS. The effort level applied to the various investigations and design steps must be decided on a project by project basis. For "simple" projects (Category size, non-sensitive soil, drain the following is suggested:

A as described above; simple, small in length less than about 60 ft (18 m)), but

Neglect specify effective

effects of d'scharge ca acity and disturbance, !I qw > 3500 ft 3/yr (100 m /yr) at the maximum hzrizontal stress.


Assume ch = cv obtained laboratory consolidation level. Design the PV drain (Equation 8). If time is critical, uncertainty.

from good quality conventional tests at maximum effective stress case equation S to compensate for


system using the ideal reduce drain spacing


In this case, a reasonable (possibly conservative) design will likely result since using ch = cv will usually be sufficiently conservative to offset disturbance effects. Costs for subsurface investigations, laboratory testing and PV drain design should be


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reasonable compared with the overall project added engineering effort will probably not reduction in overall drain system costs.

cost. result


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For "intermediate" projects (Category 3 as described important, conservative design not sufficient), the suggested: a

above; following

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Determine cn using methods described in Table 6, piezometer probe pore pressure decay curves which requires consideration of the over consolidation ratio, or by adjusting cv (lab) obtain ch according to the ratio of horizontal to vertical permeability by: c, = C,(kh/k,) kh/k, by one or more kh/k, k, in values of following such as given methods: in Table 5. Kq.




Determine a. b.

Published Measure k-tests

and kh in lab triaxial cell

in oriented k-tests, or consolidation tests. in-situ permeability assumptions regarding test boundary


irleasure k, and kh using recognizing the required and flow conditions.


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drain 4). a. resistance using

of possible the general

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of disturbance and equation (Equation

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zone using of d,/d,.



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influenced by the initial and varies with the 1 eve1 radial distance from the 8 for guidance. capacity of literature the drain and publi using shed



For "major/complex" projects (Category C as described to nave state-of-the-art prediction of time-rate of drains more than about 60 feet long, large quantities following is suggested:

above; critical consolidation, of drains), the


. without excessive head losses. parameters given under Category 6. tihen designing the drainage blanket. 5. In most cases this is accomplished using a drainage blanket constructed between the subgrade and the fill. Depending on tne purpose of the desired consolidation reduced post construction settlement or increased stability due (e. The total an idealized head required drainage system as illustrated to conduct the escaping water is: 55 . The drains should penetrate any compressible soils where accelerated consolidation is necessary to accomplish the design objectives. If the surficial subgrade material is granular and permeable. all of the water seeping out of the drain should be discharged by the outlet blankets or outlet drains. engineer and system who is parameters Include consideration resistance consideration using of the the of effects of soil disturbance general design equation (Equation discussion in Appendix 6. However. a drainage blanket may be of little or no benefit. Obtain consultation from a geotechnical experienced in the evaluation of soil for PV drain design. the design engineer should consider nead losses which may occur in blankets or drainage mats which collect the water from the drains and discharge it to the side of fills.g. On major projects. Drainage Blankets The water seeping from the drains should be discharged out from beneath the preload or surcharge area. the area1 limits of the drains may extend beyond the plan area of the embankment or other structure. for PV drains to produce maximum benefits. properly-instrumented trial embankments are often appropriate to check design assumptions and/or permit revisions to the design prior to production installation of the drains. to shear strength gain).Use sopnisticated to obtain best above). Cedergren($) discusses in Figure 18. in-situ estimates and/or laboratory of ch and kn (see testing Section procedures 2 Estimate the ds and k. and drain 4) and In addition to determining the required drain spacing and length. elimination of the drainage blanket should be considered very carefully because it may have a severe impact on the efficiency of the drain system. using the procedures Consider use of trial embankment to observe actual performance. Therefore. the design engineer must also determine the required area1 limits of the PV drains.

evaluated over the entire thickness of the layer 56 . The use of pipe drains to increase the drainage capacity of the blanket is fairly common. 19) b' 9d Total nb where N = = of discharge drain head loss in the drainage = (qdb'N2)/(2kA) = number of drains on one side of the centerline Tne total head loss in the blanket (hb) can be used to evaluate the suitability of tne proposed drainage blanket design and to evaluate the merits of alternative designs.h where h Y k A = (Eq. 18) = = = = total head required to pointy. distance coefficient to conduct water from centerline point blanket from the centerline of permeability to a given of the drainage cross-sectional area of blanket removing the discharge of one row of drains (A = b' x blanket thickness) the distance rate between drains from a single blanket is: Kq. Design Procedure system design parameters are as follows: The PV drain Given or Selected Ii t Soil Parameters Pvm Design Criteria degree of consolidation due to simultaneous and horizontal drainage time to achieve1 Average vertical Availaole Required ' Maximum effective stress to which the soil deposit has been previously consolidated (maximum past pressure). 6.

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*d Length of longest drainage path.qw D dS Diameter Diameter installation Length Center S S = = cylinder drained zone of soil by a single caused PV drain by drain disturbed drain spacing L S single to center D/1. coefficient direction soil of horizontal for undisturbed permeability soil to in that the for RR. (thickness of compressible layer when one way drainage.13 for for of PV drains pattern pattern where: triangular square Kh/qw The general 1.Gil sCV Coefficient drainage Ratio of horizontal disturbed for of consolidation undisturbed for soil radial and vertical in/k.CR. . %f System Parameters Required Equivalent selected diameter PV drain of of of the and discharge capacity for the dw. the of required in-situ soil parameters and laboratory using an appropriate investigations and 2. Determine combination testing.05 D/1. Recompression coefficient of ratio. Ratio of coefficient undisturbed soil to design approach (to of horizontal permeability discharge capacity of the S and L) consists for drain..C. of: determine Select a PV drain type and installation procedure considering the site conditions. project objectives and criteria contained in EVALUATION OF DESIGN PARAMETERS and DRAIN SELECT'ION AND DESIGN.vo. half of compressible layer when two way drainage) Initial and final effective stress profiles thickness -. virgin compression secondary compression ratio.

0 Definitions 59 . using 6. Design Example use of in the A design example is given in Appendix C to illustrate the design equations in BACKGROUND and the des ign considerations EVALUATION OF DESIGN PARAMETERS. the requirements for an acceptable PV drain product and design. of trial L (particularly the consolidating layer). (2). Estimate d. 9. 8. resulting of the drain design and cost into preload/surcharge scheme. If the calculated is available. layer In most cases. based on probable type and other considerations DESIGN PARAMETERS.0 Description 2. Preparation of PV drain specifications requires careful consideration of the site soil properties. if drains 8. and should be performed DY an experienced geotechnical engineer). EVALUATION soil OF 4. Eq. 5. Eq. 7. the (The above design approach should normally be conducted in two phases. adjust D. Specifications The design engineer should consider the preparation of PV drain specifications to be part of the PV drain design process. A typical components: PV drain specification could include the following major 1. Steps 1 through 4 in particular require considerable judgement and understanding of soil mechanics. stratum. the consolidating &. 7. and1 configuration. Iterate until than or equal to available time. and the probable effects of the installation process.3. based on load requirements. D and calculate t using Compare calculated time time exceeds that which calculated time is less Evaluate appropriateness only partially penetrate Incorporate the overall evaluation to available time. Select a trial drain length thickness and consolidation selected to fully penetrate Calculate Select required a trial value gh knowing of installation discussed in procedures. L is (1).

such as discharge capacity. This specification is very detailed and includes requirements for parameters. The design engineer should exercise prudent judgement regarding the level of detail required in the specifications.2 Jacket 3.3 Core 3.4 Assembled Drain 3.5 Quality Control 4.1 General 3. small or relatively straight forward projects (i.e. Category A as defined in Section 1 of EVALUATION OF DESIGN PARAMETERS) would not merit the level of detail included in the generic specifications in Appendix D.0 Installation Equipment 5..0 Materials 3. .0 Installation Procedures 6. commentary is included in the specification to provide guidance in its use. For example. which are currently being researched. Where appropriate.3.0 Measurement of Quantities 7.0 Basis of Payment The extent to which each of the major depend on several factors including: l categories is detailed will 0 0 0 the tne the the size of the project degree of design sophistication sensitivity of the soil parameters specified PV drain(s) (if any) to installation effects D A "generic" (product independent) specification is given in Appendix as a guide to preparation of PV drain specifications for projects.

or as part of the working mat. Introduction The major steps in PV drain installation include site preparation. construction of a drainage blanket and/or working mat. Construct a Working Mat and Drainage Blanket: Depending on the site conditions and the type of installation equipment. the the following: that vegetation. and drain installation. 2. Procedures vary with the site conditions. Ground that slopes as little as 2 to 5 percent can present some installation difficulties. Site Preparation it is usually necessary to perform at Depending on the site conditions. the installation equipment and in some cases with the type of PV drain being installed. 61 . D. it may be necessary to construct a working mat to support the construction traffic and installation rig loads. Site Grading: Establishing and maintaining a reasonably level site grade to aid proper installation of PV drains and as may be necessary for the drainage blanket to function as designed. of the PV drains. For discussion purposes the installation aspects have been grouped the major areas of site preparation including drainage blanket construction. necessary site work may include a. This section presents a qualitative discussion of installation aspects that impact drain performance. drain installation and contractor selection. the drainage layer must be protected from freezing and contamination. impede the installation in Prior to PJ drain installation. It is important for the design engineer to anticipate procedures and installation or site conditions that might adversely affect the performance of the drain.ItiSTALLATIOd 1. C. The relative cost of regrading should be compared to the potential cost of reduced production efficiency. soil containing construction rubble. Most installation equipment used in PV drain installation cannot compensate for a more steeply sloping surface without loss of production efficiency. least some general site work. Excavation: Removing soil. dense material (frozen soil. cobbles. or other etc. In most cases the working mat can later serve as the drainage blanket or the drainage blanket can be incorporated into the working If the drainage layer is installed prior to the drains mat. the particular contractor installing the drains.) which would surficial debris.

the PV drains may be displaced or damaged at the surface. The penetration force required is typically estimated by the contractor based on nis experience with similar penetration depths in similar soils. Vibration is applied construction type vibrators similar to those used piles or sheet-piling. The cross sectional area of many mandrels is about 10 in2 (65 cm2) although the area may range from 5 to more than 20 in2 (32 to 129 cm2). The design engineer should consider the magnitude of the force as being secondary to the decision 62 . resulting in inadequate connection with the drainage blanket. Continuity between the drains and drainage blanket should be considered in the design of the working mat and/or drainage blanket. Installation Equipment Although there are numerous variations in installation equipment most of the equipment has fairly common features. or rhombic. some of which can directly influence PV drain performance. If the surficial soils are excessively disturbed. The installation rigs are usually track mounted boom cranes.It may be important to minimize the disturbance of near-surface soils due to the operation of construction equipment. The shape of the mandrel is typically rectangular Tne effect of shape on the amount of disturbance from mandrel penetration is not yet known. or rubber-tired rigs for smaller projects. 3. The desire to reduce the area of the mandrel and the resulting displacement must be balanced by the need to have a stiff mandrel to permit penetration through dense soils and to maintain vertical alignment. resulting 0 Penetration compressible The static combination the weight using large to install Method: The mandrel is penetrated into the soils using either static or vibratory force. force is applied using the weight of the mandrel in with a dead weight at the top of the mandrel or of the installation rig. Aspects consider 0 of the installation equipment include the follotiing: that the design engineer should Mandrel: The mandrel protects the PV drain during mation and creates the space for the drain by displacing soil during penetration. A typical band-shaped drain installation rig is Shown in Figure 13. The displacement of soil results in remolding which is usually detrimental to radial consolidation.

Installation The locations of the PV drains may be predrilled obstructing materials (debris.). tne design engineer may limit the overall weight or bearing pressure of the installation equipment in an attempt to limit possible construction problems. A discussion of some of these procedures and the possible ramifications follows: 63 . sand/silt lenses. drainage for the blanket drainage or above blanket Regardless of the site preparation and installation equipment.of whether specified. Procedures to penetrate with cobbles. there are installation procedures that can influence drain performance. frozen soil. ground 0 0 The drain material is cut above the the working mat leaving extra length (Figure 19c). At the same time. the design engineer should be aware that instability may result from other factors. soil dense soil). or a hydraulic hammer. Determination of the maximum acceptable equipment weight and/or bearing pressure is difficult because the engineer does not want to be needlessly restrictive with respect to construction equipment. Possibly susceptible soils may include sensitive soils and those with macrofabric (varves. The mandrel is withdrawn. which are not normally specified in the contract documents. static and/or vibratory penetration should be The use of vibratory force should be carefully considered if detrimental property changes (reduced permeability or increased remolding) are anticipated as a result of vibration. 4. 0 Equipment Weight: If stability of the subgrade/working mat is in question. Predrilling techniques include the augers. An anchor is sequence rig is (shown positioned in Figure with the 19) is as follows: above a mandrel 0 0 placed on the end of into the the PV drain to the (Figure desired 19a). On a large and/or critical project a . The typical 0 or very installation The installation drain location. The mandrel is penetrated depth (Figure 19b). use of jetting. such as equipment traffic patterns. etc.test section may be constructed using different penetration methods to evaluate the effects.

Since many of the products. Preferably the splice should be made prior to initiation of mandrel penetration so that the penetration is not interrupted to make a splice.60 m/see). both in strength and hydraulic properties.2 ft (0.5 to 2 feet per second (0. The relative size. 0 5. Interaction usually provide the use of several alternative by a specialty contractor. the core sections should be in direct contact when the splice is completed. 0 l Verticality: Proper performance of the PV drain system with respect to the assumptions of the design equation is dependent on the drains being vertically installed. Typical splicing procedures are shown in Figure 20.06m) from vertical over 10 ft (3m) of length. Penetration should be uninterrupted and typical rates are approximately 0.15 to 0. Contractor Contracts for PV drains drain products installed drains are proprietary installed by a different 64 . or a specially made plate. Splicing is not necessarily objectionable if the splice is made properly. Anchor: It is common practice to use an anchor at the bottom tip of the PV drain. The anchor may be a piece of rebar or pipe. The anchor should be configured so as to represent the smallest cross section consistent with the needs and/or difficulty of anchoring. The drains should be installed with a straight mandrel deviating a maximum of about 0. Splicing: At the end of a roll of drain material it is common practice to splice the remainder to a new roll to save on material wastage. The primary requirement in splicing is that the integrity of the drain. Deviation from vertical may result in nonuniform settlement magnitude and rate due to drain spacing variations with depth. each alternative drain may be specialty subcontractor. Mith nonbonded drains. Ideally the anchor should be sized to be slightly larger than the mandrel. but small enough that it does not contribute needlessly to soil disturbance. and stiffness of the anchor compared to the mandrel will impact the amount of disturbance around the mandrel. The core and jacket should be spliced by overlapping about 6 inches. be maintained. shape.0 Rate of Mandrel Advance: The rate of mandrel advance should be controlled to avoid significant bending or deflection from vertical.



general contractor and PV drain subcontractor can discuss details of the test drains (if any) and production drain installation process prior to mobilizing equipment and materials to the site. acceptable alternative available PV drain products a Thoroughly during the Select the consideration.Jsually a general highway construction contract is bid and the potential general contractors will request bids or negotiate with several PV drain specialty subcontractors. e drain types after careful 0 general and/or contractors regarding the need for quality previous experience for those installing 0 Consider using specialty experience in PV drain is critical. Educate the workmanship the drains. contractors installation with where proven. the procedures: design Prequalification of PV drain contractors: Since PV drain installation IS typically performed by specialty contractors with experience. Preconstruction meeting: A preconstruction meeting is recommended on PV drain projects so that the design engineer. prequalification is not usually necessary. the design engineer should consider requiring prequalification of the PV drain contractor to avoid problems with a less experienced contractor. This system results in competitive environment both for price and for substitution of alternative PV drain products. in fact. Prebid meeting: Most large projects have prebid meetings to discuss project details and to answer questions prior to bidding. nvl a complex project + ere the drain performance is critical or in cases where the drains are to be installed by the general contractor. documented drain installation depending engineer e on the complexity of the PV drain should also consider the following project. 0 0 67 . However. The design e engineer should: research alternate. design phase. Prebid meetings are recommended on projects involving PV drains because a prebid meeting is the appropriate time for the design engineer to state the criteria that will be used to evaluate any alternative drain products if. alternates will be accepted.

the drains must be installed in accordance with the contract drawings and specifications. Introduction for PV drains to perform as designed. 2. geotechnical instrumentation. the drainage blanket may not perform adequately. the field personnel should be aware of the design intent and the possible implications if the field procedures deviate from design. specifications. It is important tnat field monitoring personnel know the correct installation procedures and the possible ramifications of deviations from those procedures. 3. This section presents a discussion of construction monitoring procedures that should be considered for any PV drain project. The ground surface may be graded to be level or pitched depending on the site and/ or the desired drainage conditions. 68 . In addition to knowing the requirements of the contract drawings and specifications. In order to provide continuity of design intent. fill placement. Familiarity with Design The construction monitoring personnel should be thoroughly familiar witn the contract drawings. The soil observed conditions assumed with the conditions exposed during site work should be to determine whether they are consistent with the encountered in test borings or test pits and in design. The site should be graded to comply with the grades shown on the contract drawings. Site Preparation including any excavation and regrading. and any appropriate addenda. b. If the ground surface is improperly graded. and any other contract items that influence or are influenced by the drains. The field personnel can influence should observe Site preparation drain performance tne following: a. Field observations should be discussed design engineer. the design engineer should remain personally involved during the PV drain system construction and subsequent monitoring.CONSTKUCTION MONITORING 1. in several ways. This familiarity should extend beyond the PV drain specifics to include site preparation.

etc. the field personnel should verify that a proper control point is used and that the staked locations agree with the contract drawings. lateral displacement. to the correct diameter. penetration method (static or vibratory) mandrel size. heaving. Installation Equipment and Materials d.C.). and in a manner which does not cause excessive soil disturbance or blanket contamination.) of the near-surface soils. The field survey procedure for staking the drain locations should be monitored. In critical cases this may require a check survey to be performed by the engineer. The field monitoring personnel should keep accurate and detailed records of tne predrilling at each drain location (observations of cuttings and groundwater conditions. Drain The field monitoring personnel should determine whether or not the equipment and materials that the contractor proposes to use do in fact comply with the contract documents. shape. and stiffness anchor size. type means to verify penetration depth equipment weight Naterials I) o o l l drain name and model number drain dimensions (width and thickness) comparison with drain samples submitted with the contractor's bid examples of proposed splice anchor 69 . the field monitoring personnel should be watching for any indicators of disturbance (pumping. etc. e. to the required depth. should be closely monitored to verify that the predrilling is performed carefully. During the construction of a working mat or drainage blanket. Equipment o l l l o b. Some of the important items to be checked include: a. shape. if required. Predrilling. Although it is typically the contractor's responsibility to properly position the drains. 4.

the field of and observe other potential monitoring problems of 8 0 8 0 inaccuracy of the depth calibration on the rig. 3uring drain installation. may be handled by predrilling or if the obstructions are isolated.5. the adequacy may be affected. If the conditions the design monitoring conformance location. if encountered. Variations in installation procedures. by installing another drain at a slight offset to the obstructed location. If the trial drains indicate that vibratory force is necessary. Blanket conduct the use of the the blanket. problems/short cuts with anchoring bowing or flexing of the mandrel integrity (tearing. drainage The primary design purpose of the drainage blanket is to expelled water away from the drains. In addition personnel including: 0 vary from the design assumptions. abstructions. to the factors should be aware discussed above. etc. depth of verticality. the trial program should be used to evaluate the minimum amount of vibration (intensity and depth) that is needed.) of the drain product proper storage of drain materials before use (especially protection from sunlight and freezing temperatures). The design engineer and field personnel should be present during trial drain installation. Field conditions and construction activities may adversely affect the drainage Factors affecting the proper functioning of the drainage include: 0 infiltration contaminating can impede of fine grained materials into drainage. particularly the adequacy of predrilling and penetration force and methods of handling possible obstructions. Wain Installation Installation of trial drains to evaluate the installation equipment and general procedures is recommended on most projects. installation. The same personnel (construction and monitoring) should observe both the trial drain and production drain installation. should be evaluated during the trial program. Also common is the drainage blanket as a working mat. splicing and cutoff of the drains. the field personnel should observe the procedures to evaluate with contract specifications regarding horizontal mandrel staoility and penetration rate. blanket 0. subsurface the coarse soils or other grained blanket which I ‘J . ripping.

Most of the observation wells and piezometers should be installed prior to the drains to monitor the effects of drain installation. be as vertical as possible. some of which is installed prior to installing the drains and the remainder prior to the fill placement. and/or the blanket which 0 the drainage design slope should adverse blanket/subsurface which can alter the soil drainage. 7. to The analysis of the location of Piezometers and equidistant from adjacent drains the pore pressure data is particularly sensitive the piezometers relative to adjacent drains. ground water observation wells should be installed It is very important that the adjacent drains. This is typically performed using geotechnical instrumentation. the A combination of groundwater observation wells and piezometers to provide a complete pore pressure profile prior to drain installation. Settlement devices and piezometers are used to measure settlement and the dissipation of excess pore pressure.0 freezing of tne top can impede drainage. Settlement platforms or points oottom of the drainage blanket the "bottom" of the compressible drains. large deviation interface from of the of the drains. of them the to the The field monitoring personnel above or similar potentially design engineer. 71 . respectively. Geotechnical Instrumentation observe conditions any indicators and report A critical element of any project involving tne consolidation of fine grained soils is measurement of the actual degree of consolidation under the actual field load. design engineers should use other available references(14s15) develop appropriate instrumentation programs for a specific As a general guideline the instrumentation should include following: a to project. Sufficient instrumentation malfunctioning (particularly vandalism/damage throughout should be installed and at intermediate layer prior to at the depths installing 0 and the 0 should be installed to anticipate with piezometers) and/or the settlement period.

Other spacings and lengths may be feasible given project geometries and conditions. the cost of the PV drains will depend primarily on drain spacing and length. the Site work: The need of INSTALLATION. in a C. the material costs are nearly the same for many of the available products. 16 and 17. cost of accelerating using PV drains) is: equal.e. On a typical project the PV drain material costs are currently approximately 40 to 50 percent of the installed cost per unit length.COSTS 1. d. The competitive nature of the market in general and the various conditions of each individual project can in some cases make it difficult to estimate drain costs. evaluate the available geotechnical data to anticipate predrilling and to develop a reasonable estimate of the required depth and cost of predrilling. the design that may influence site work engineer should project costs: in Section 2 As part consider a. the material costs are significant. however.. Since the market is highly competitive. as discussed 0. 8. Installations typically have spacings of about 3 to g ft (1 to 3 m) and lengths of about 30 to 60 ft (10 to 20m). it can be seen that for all else of PV drains required (i. From Equations the quantity consolidation 72 . Cost Factors of the PV drain following design factors for process. Although PV drains can be substantially PV drain materials: cheaper than sand drains. 2. the factors discussed in the following section can be considered in evaluation of overall PV drain system costs. Surface soil conditions: The need to predrill can result The design engineer should substantial cost increase. Spacing and length: Once the working mat is in place and production drain installation begins. Introduction The number of alternative PV drains presently available and the rate at wnicn new products are being introduced are good indicators of the competitive nature of the PV drain market.

If possible. predrilling.0 inversely proportional to S* 0 0 0 inversely proportional to ch inversely proportional proportional to 1 n (I/( to t allowed l-oh)) Tne objective of a PV drain design is to create the lowest cost system that meets the project design requirements. The required average degree of consolidation (oh) is a major design variable. In 1986 installed PV drains cost $0.00 per lineal foot without a drainage blanket. The drain spacing is the major controllable factor that influences the actual design cost of the PV drain installation. Therefore. or any other "extra" costs. increased time for consolidation to occur will result in direct cost savings. there are some factors that can be controlled and others over which only limited control is possible. and assuming that the length and number of drains on the project is sufficient to create a competitive bidding environment. the time for consolidation should be as long as feasible tiitnin the overall project time frame. The cost of accelerating consolidation is inversely proportional to the time available and therefore. small increases in the spacing can result in substantially lower costs. The time available for consolidation is a major factor that may or may not be controllable depending on specific project constraints. t and 'ijh) influence the drain spacing. the 73 . small changes in the required Fh result in only marginal changes in the cost. The otner variables (ch. the time for consolidation and therefore.75 to $1. Since the relative cost of accelerating the consolidation is inversely proportional to SZ. work mat. It is important for the design engineer to consider as many of the controllable factors as possible to develop the most cost effective design. mobilization/demobilization. This cost range is provided for general reference only. The actual cost of PV drains on a given project is closely related to other factors discussed in Section 2 above. However. the relative cost of accelerating the consolidation is proportional to natural logarithm of the inverse of (l-oh). As with any design.

. 1985. 3. No.T. VIII ECSMFE. John Wiley and Sons.C. Inc. Construction". 57-154. 5. and Flow Nets. Vol. Vol. Canadian Geotechnical Cedergren. "Strain Baligh. R. 1985. New York. 21-25. 1981.. Summary of Research Effort". H. W. and Wolski. Path Method". M. III. 1948.C. 1969. and Ladd. Vol. pp. M. Jamiolkowski. 3. Second Casagrande.C. Engineering National Highway 7... Ground Engineering. 1983. Drains". Christopher.. ASCE.. pp. of Geotechnical 6. M. 5. 8. pp. 1. "Prefabricated (FHWA/RD-86/169). ASCE Trans. 3. During Staged October. 534 p. 1986." Proc. No. and Poulos. and Kenney. of Clay by Band-Shaped 12. "On the Journal. 4. Preftidricated Jamiol kowski. "Precompression Helsinki. "Laboratory New Liskeard Varvea Soil". 1973. JGE. New York. XI ICSMFE. 12. No. by Drain of Sand 287-326. C. Ladd. B. Stockholm. Lancellotta. Organic R. pp. C. "Consolidation Paper 2346. "Consolidation S. 74 .. DTFH61-80-C-00094. "Undrained Settlement Clays". 453-472.Uncertainties Involved Panel Discussion. 1986. . Vol. Laboratory pp. 1984.. No. Proc. Washington. in Field and San Francisco. Wells". September. 1981. "Consolidation by Vertical the Prediction of Settlement X ICSIVIFE. Manual. Drains Rates". pp... prepared for Federal mute. Barron.. Edition. 9. 13. L. and Lancellotta. 2. pp. Drains".. M.R. and Speeding in R..BIBLIOGRAPHY 1.C. 1108-1136. 11. et al. 9.. D. "Stability Evaluation ASCE Boston Convention.. 1079-1094. Vertical of Plastic and Haley & Aldrich. 1979. JGED ASCE FT8. Terzaghi Lecture. 1977. Permeability Ratio of Journal. Investigation Canadian Chan. 10. Jamiolkowski. S. "New Developments Testing of Soils.A. 2. Drains: Vol. Foott. H. 10. T. Proc. Geotextile Highway Administration.M.D. Seepage. 113. of Fine-Grained Soils V. Drainage. Up Consolidation". Effectiveness 6.. R. Hansbo. Vol. 718-724.R. R. and Holtz.

"Performance of Ladd.. R. (1972). ASCE Spec. Dept. 107-118. Elastic Solutions Rock Mechanics. 1985. "The Efficiency of Penetrating Vertical Drains".H. V16.. McKinley. STP No. Proc. pp. 18. 1966..W. Analysis of Embankments in 16. U. C.M.C.. 339.I. l s 20.. 441-464. E.T.C. J. No. P. JGED ASCE GT4.W.G. Conf. 264.T.Z. Paris.H. Research Report R74-66. Cay. and Wissa. Soils Publ. of Civil Engr.G." Proc. W. p. No.E. FHWA-TS-/I-214. Part 1. M. V ICSMFE. State-of-the-Art Report. 23.. L. A. and Foott. Embankments with Sand Drains on Sensitive Clay". A. 4.C.. "A Simple Shear Test for Saturated Cohesive Soils". Proc. Hansbo. and Davis. "Results of Special Laboratory Testing Program on Hackensack Valley Varved Clay". Rowe. Ladd.S. J. k1. pp. 24. and Wiberg. "Measurement Lacustrine Clay. Mitcnell. Ladd. New York. on In-Situ Measurements of Soil Properties." and of Rowe. C.. John Wiley & Sons. Foundation Design of Embankments on Varved Clays. Mesri. 1974. D. "Settlement on Soft Clays". Partially 511-516. P. "A Laboratory Study of Rates of Consolidation Clays with Particular Reference to Conditions of Radial Porewater Drainage. ASTM. Saxena.S. for Soil Poulos. pp. and Gifford. 411 pp. 1975.. G. 7961... pp. 2. K. and Ladd. No. Purdue University. D. C. 31. and Rowe. 15.. 1959. Inc." Geotechnique. ASCE Spec. of the Coefficient of Consolidation V9. Symposium on Vane Shear and Cone Penetration Resistance Testing of In-Situ Soils. C. 1970. 162. S.W.. 211-242. 19. "A New Consolidation tieotechnique..E.G. Department of Transportation. S. 3.K. pp. Research Report R70-56. and Gardner. “In Situ Measurement of Volume Change Characteristics". P. 25. N. Hedberg. 1965. Dept.K. and Choi. tieotechnique 35. 1985. "Geology and Engineering Properties of Connecticut Valley Varved Clays with Special Reference to Embankment Construction". and Barber.. Rixner. 22.J.. No. 75 . Runesson. 17. V 1.. pp. 1977. J. of Civil Engr. Cell. Soils Publ. No..‘. Shields. on Performance of Earth ana Earth-Supported Structures. North Carolina State Raleigh. 21.BIBLIOGRAPHY (continued) 14. D. H. 225-228. 1974. 39-47.C..

"Research into the Influence of Relative Layer and the Drain Deformation on the Discharge of Vertical Plastic Drains". 8th ECSMFE. Arnheim. A. M.. "The Effect Erosion on the Performance of Band-Shaped Drains".. van den Berg. 713-716. Van de1 Elzen. of Interface 76 . v. Colbond b. thesis for the Delft Specialist Group for Geotechnology. M. L..A.W. Compression of a Soil Capacity of a Number Technical University 1984.BIBLIOGRAPHY (continued) 26.. F.. of Ld.A. and Atkinson.S. 27. and Loxham. Helsinki. Clay-Drain Vertical C. "Accelerated Consolidation of Compressible Low Permeability Subsoils by Means Colbond Drains".. pp. Vreeken. van de Griend. 1983. 1980.

during consolidation.. and pt and p are the consolidation settlement at any intermediate time and the fina f consolidation settlement. respectively. only. 21) cv = coefficient = time . and k remain constant strains The vertical are small. which is: TV = kv where t)/(Hd)2 of consolidation for vertical path. and compression m. The Terzaghi theory applies to primary consolidation only and is based on several assumptions including: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) The soil The flow $9 is saturated and homogeneous. is related to a dimensionless time factor TV. (Eq. 23) 77 . as well as the assumed one-dimensional drainage condition. drainage (Eq. instantaneously.. are one dimensional.APPEIUI X A: 1.d = length of the vertical drainage figure 4 shows the relationship of TV and g. Design Equations Design Equation for Vertical Drains is generally analyzed using the drainage proposed by Terzaghi.) (Eq. 22) The load is applied Consolidation theory for vertical drains analyze the performance of sand drains. was developed by Barron (2) to For the case of radial drainage (Eq. 20) The General The rate of consolidation theory of consolidation The pertinent equations fq/Pf = U" in precompression for one dimensional are: where& = average degree of consolidation for vertical drainage. Barron's solution is: 'iih = 1 _ exp(-8Th/F(n)) where zh = 1 -(u/u. g.

78 . Modification of -the General Design Equation rlansbo(g) applications. (Eq. 241 25) (n*/(n*-l))ln(n) = D/d. pres'sure of influence is initially carried incompressible in 5) by excess pore water 7) 8) in the of drain. 26) coefficient horizontal the for of consolidation drainage of the cylinder I) Barron 1) 2) used = diameter the drain of influence the following is saturated basic assumptions: and homogeneous. permeability. . Eq. throughout at time t=o). each drain is a cylinder. within the soil mass occur in a vertical The clay All compressive direction. The resulting equations given here.xcess The zone increment u. are The permeability Darcy's law of k is independent 5) The pore water and the mineral grains comparison with the clay skeleton. The load pressure No e. 2. of location. disturbance are not Barron also extended Equation 22 to include the effects of soil around the drain and drain resistance. No vertical Validity coefficient of pore strains 3) 4) water flow.u F(n) = average the soil = excess pore pressure mass at time t (u. modifications dimensions modified the equations developed by Barron for PV drain Using the same theoretical approach as Barron. but the simplified versions are presented below. the horizontal spacing time ratio factor for n Th Ct1 = = (re/rw) = Cht/D* Kq. Hansbo's dealt mainly with simplifying assumptions due to the physical and characteristics of PV drains. the .(3n*-1)/(4n*) .

. since n is typically 20 or more.(1/4n2) assuming and that that 1 n 2 = 0. The Realizing that the PV drains longitudinal direction (i. Wain Spacing 24 can be simplified F(n) F(n) = (n2/(n2-l))ln(n) as follows: .e.a.. then Equation 27 simplifies to: (n2/(n h -1)) .3/4 . = 1.(3n2-1)/(4n2) Kq. 29) where z = distance L half Kt1 from the drainage end of the drain = length of the drain length of the = coefficient direction discharge a hydraulic when drainage occurs at one end only. limited (Equation 29) depth. capacity). vertical discharge is a function of depth 79 . uh is not constant with (i. = in(n) Kq. Hansbo developed Darcy's late applied to flow resulting equation is: Fr = rz(L . 24) 27) Equation = (n2/(n2-l))ln(n) .2) (k&w) (Eq. drain when drainage occurs at both ends.3/4 F(n) 3. in the soil horizontal of permeability in the undisturbed capacity gradient qw = of the drain of 1) (defined using If the drain has a finite permeability capacity). 28) Drain Resistance do not have infinite they have limited a drain resistance along the vertical permeability in the vertical discharge factor (Fr) assuming that axis of the drain. the drain resistance factor and therefore. (Eq.e.

+F. = diameter equivalent coefficient the disturbed of the disturbed of the zone around the drain . Soi 1 Disturbance Barron (2) developed an equation to account for the effects of soil disturbance during installation by introducing a zone of disturbance reduced permeability.C. = k.) nZ(L-Z) where: d.. = (ln(D/d. The resulting disturbance factor. with a 30) d./d. when combined with F(n) and Fr is F(n)+F.) + (Eq.3/4) (kh/%) + ((kh/ks)-1) ln(d. = diameter of band-shaped in the drain direction in permeability soil horizontal . F.

The "Strain Path Method" BY can be used to I develop recommendations on optimal mandrel shapes and sizes. However. Baligh. The design equation accommodates disturbance in the ratios d. was retained as a Special Consultant. Specifically. summarizing studies for the included in Prefabricate Vertical Drains: Vol. the current design equation 77 provides only a very simplistic g approach to accounting for disturbance. 81 . Based on this research. In order to achieve this objective. The radius and the distribution of excess pore pressures as well as the drainage characteristics of the soil (permeability and consolidation properties) affect subsequent consolidation rates. it was believed that guidelines and additional data could be developed to aid the design engineer in evaluating disturbance effects. and k /k. ranges of d. subject research. Insight into d. Mohsen M. 2) Effects of Mandrel Withdrawal Withdrawal of the mandrel causes additional changes in the soil conditions and the pore pressures around the drain. Also. are 2. Dr. mandrel geometry and the penetration conditions. Complete copies of Dr. Professor of Civil Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Effort (FHWA/RD-86/169) t 8). the following important aspects of PV drain Penetration of Mandrel The radius of the soil zone around the drain that is affected by mandrel penetration and the distribution of excess pore pressure within this radius depend on the soil characteristics.. can be obtained from prior research on ef Pects of penetration of piles and cone e etrometers on the surrounding soils./d. can be recommended for various mandrel configurations and installation methods. Baligh developed the Strain Path Method for determining the state of soil disturbance due to the installation of piles.APPENDIX B: Effects of Soil Disturbance Evaluating the effects of installation disturbance is a very complex soil mechanics problem for which a comprehensive solution was beyond the stop f the design guideline manual. Dr. Summary of Research these reports address installation: 1) Effects Baligh's reports. The major objective of the research on soil disturbance was to provide a more rational approach to the overall evaluation of disturbance effects.

Liquidity Index. Based on the above. a 82 . Susceptibility of soils to installation disturbances can therefore be estimated from the reduction in Tc and the increase in mv they undergo due to undrained shearing.. Undrained shearing of slightly overconsolidated clays causes reduction in effective confining (or octahedral) stresses. Zc. provides a good measure of clay sensitivity. it is believed that clay sensitivity. These two factors tend to decrease the coefficient of consolidation and hence delay the dissipation of excess pore pressure and reduce drain effectiveness. St. LI.31 Rates of Soil Consolidation Estimates of soil consolidation rates after mandrel withdrawal taking into consideration installation disturbances (straining and excess pore pressures) as well as surcharge loading are required in order to determine installation effects on drain efficiency. The significant reductions in Yc and increases in m. Ti ?e general conclusions are as follows: 1) regarding soil disturbance of the report(8) Drain installation causes reduce drain effectiveness. and an increase in compressibility as expressed by mv. is a good measure of susceptibility to installation Undrained shearing of sensitive soils causes disturbances. disturbance of the soil that can 2) Retardation in soil consolidation rates due to installation disturbances is principally caused by undrained soil straining (or distortions at constant volume) due to mandrel penetration.

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0 5. as well as detailed specifications.APPEWIX 1): Specifications The following generic guideline specification for prefabricated vertical (PV.O DESCRIPTIOid Under these items. jacket material excludes the 94 .5 4. Specifications that would usually be "optional" or be used at the discretion of the design engineer are enclosed in brackets. Comment: currently The requirement available Desol for a suitable drain product.0 Jacket Core Assembled Drain Quality Control Equipment Procedures of Quantities Installation Installation Measurement Basis of Payment 1 . that may not apply to all projects depending on the complexity of the The design engineer should use these guideline specifications project. 1. The drains shall consist of a band-shaped plastic core enclosed in a suitable jacket material and shall be spaced and arranged a shown on the plans or as otherwise directed by the Engineer.3 3. drains includes comments.0 Description Definitions Materials 3.0 3. labor.0 2. as a tool to aid in the development of the materials and construction control specifications for a particular project.0 6.2 3. equipment and materials and perform all operations for the installation of prefabricated vertical (PV) drains in accordance with the details shown on the plans and with the requirements of these specifications.1 General 3.0 7.4 3. the Contractor shall furnish all necessary plant.

2 Jacket The jacket shall be a synthetic non-woven geotextile capable resisting all bending.2 3. and free volume. discharge capacity.1 MATERIALS General The PV consist jacket without provide drain shall be of newly-manufactured materials and shall of a core enclosed in or integrated with a jacket.1.5 3. The jacket material shall be sufficiently smoothly during installation and induced settlement without damage. core. The jacket material shall not be subject to localized damage (e. flexible to bend consolidation and peeling during of 3.2. (width 3.2.g.2.6 Jacket material installation snail not undergo cracking of the drain.d DEf INITIONS should include any specific definitions of terms that may be necessary for clarity of the specifications.0 3.1. The shall allow free passage of pore water to the core loss of soil material or piping. The core shall continuous vertical drainage. Necessary definitions may include: jacket.3 3.1 3.2. The jacket material shall be sufficiently rigid to withstand lateral earth pressures due to embedment and surcharge so that the vertical flow capacity through the core will not be adversely affected. punching through the filter by sand/gravel particles).2. equivalent diameter.2.1 C3. shall conform The jacket material specifications: to the following 95 .. an aspect ratio 50.4 3. punching and tensile forces imposed during installation and during the design life of the drain. Comment: The Engineer 3.21 The drain shall be band-shaped with divided by thickness) not exceeding 3.2 . permittivity.

c3. 50 lbs.4 The Engineer may limit the acceptable core materials and channel geometries depending on the particular job The Engineer may also specify core material physical if appropriate. the core and jacket are integral and cannot be tested separately). Drain (strength and modulus) of the equal or exceed those specified and core. 3. (See Section 2 of DR!UN SELECTION AND DESIGN) of text. The present perception is that a jacket should have a minimum permeability equal to or greater tnan the permeability of the adjacent soil in order to function properly. The design engineer should decide on a minimum permittivity acceptable on the given project.3 Core The core shall be a continuous to promote drainage along the plastic axis of material fabricated the vertical drain. 25 lbs. 96 Assembled 3. properties 3.2. and required minimums for each project.e. test designations. Comment: The role of permittivity on the satisfactory performance of a PV drain is not fully understood. Comment: The appropriate minimum requirements have been established by reviewing specifications in use at the time of preparing the manual.Test I tern Grab Tensile (1975) Trapezoidal Tear Puncture Strengtn Durst Strength * Requirement Designation ASTM ASTM ASTM ASTM D1682-64 D2263-68 D751-73 D774-46 (Minimum Roll Value)* 80 lbs.3. The design engineer should review the items..1 Comment: drainage conditions. 3.1 The mechanical properties assembled PV drain shall for the component jacket .71 The jacket shall have a minimum permittivity of gal/min/ft2 when tested according to the ASTM Suggested Test Method for Permeability and Permittivity of Geotextiles.4. two tested material shall be tested in saturated and dry These requirements apply to the lower of the conditions. Comment: Requirement for test data on mechanical properties for the jacketcited above may be waived by the Engineer for PV drains that have integrated structures (i. The designer is referred to Christopher and Holtz (1984) for guidance. 130 psi The jacket condition.

).7 97 . debris and other detrimental substances during shipping and on-site storage.5 The assembled drain shall have a minimum equivalent diameter of using the following definition equivalent diameter: d. test procedure. confining media. shall be used on the or approved by the the E3. bacterial action. 3.31 c3.4. acids.4. confining pressure.4. the drain shall be wrapped in heavy paper. and hydraulic gradient as well as possibly being dependent on the test apparatus.4. (See Section 3 of EVALUATIOla OF DESIGN PARAMETERS of text. and confining medium. One single type of assembled drain project unless otherwise specified Engineer. date of manufacture.6 PV drain materials shall be labeled or tagged in such a manner that the information for sample identification and other quality control purposes can be read from the label. Alternatively.2 The assembled drain shall be resistant against wet rot.) 3. Comment: Discharge capacity is a function of drain type. manufacturer and product identification of the jacket and core.4. etc. salts in solution in groundwater.4. The Engineer should decide whether a specified minimum value is necessary and if so what the minimum should be (See Section 3 of EVALUATIOIJ OF DESIGN PARAMETERS of text). insects. = (a+b)/Z d. = diameter of a circular drain equivalent shaped drain = width of a band shaped drain = thickness of a band shaped drain to of the band it Comment: The design engineer should determine a minimum equivalent diameter for the drains on a specific project. solvents. 3. As a minimum. During snipment and storage. the equivalent diameter requirement can be restated by specifying a minimum thickness and width for the band shaped drain. individual roll number. burlap or similar heavy duty protective covering. length of sample. mud. each roll shall be identified by the manufacturer as to lot or control numbers. dust. and any other significant ingredients in the site groundwater. If a minimum discharge capacity is specified.3.41 The assembled drain shall have a minimum discharge of 3500 ft3/yr when measured under a gradient of the maximum effective stress that the drain will capacity one at experience. the Engineer must also define the general test method to be used (confining pressure. The drain shall be protected from sunlight. alkalis. mildew. dirt.

Inc. No payment of any kind shall be made for rejected material. The following list does not constitute acceptance by FHWA or the Consultant of any of the drains for any specific purpose or project. VA 22170 (703) 430-5444 Amerdrain 307. P. NC 28105 (800) 438-9281 Fukuzawa & Associates.8 All material which is damaged during shipment. which also does not have any jacket). P. 407 International Construction Equipment. The design engineer should list only those drains he considers acceptable on the specific project. Two currently available drain products (Sol Compact and Desol) are not included in the list because laboratory test data is either not available (Sol Compact) or observed critical properties were judged to be below current standards (Desol. 301 Warehouse Drive Mathews. 6129 Queenridge Drive Ranch0 Palos Verdes.91 Comment: The design engineer may want to preapprove drains to expedite the bid preparation process. Box 13222 Pittsburgh. Inc. or handling and/or which does not meet the minimum requirements of the drain material shall be rejected by the Engineer. CA 90039 (213) 669-8332 Colbond CX-1000 BASF Corporation. Alidrain Alidrain S Hitek Flodrain Drainage & Ground Improvement. 3112 Los Felit Boulevard Los Angeles. NC 28728 (704) 667-7713 Division Inc.4. Inc. Box 168 Sterling. unloading.4. Prefabricated vertical project are as follows: drains preapproved for use on this c3.O.3. PA 15243 (412) 257-2750 Geosystems. Fibers Geomatrix Systems Enka. Bando . CA 90274 (213) 377-4735 Harquim International Corp.O. storage.

Samples of the spliced drain shall be long enough to include the splice plus 2 feet of unspliced drain on both sides of the splice. PA 15220 (412) 262-3900 Vinylex Corporation P. Box 7187 Knoxville. submit to the Engineer manufacturer's literature documenting the physical and mechanical properties of the drain (as a minimum those properties required by the specifications) and other similar projects where the same drain has been installed including details on prior performance on these projects. at least 28 days prior to the installation of any drains. that Ais the not on submit to the Engineer for testing a sample of the unspliced PV drain to be used. TN 37921 Vinylex (615) 3. Foster Company 415 Holiday Drive Pittsburgh.5.5.5.O. the - - 99 . and 3 samples of any proposed splices. the Coxractor shall submit vJritten notice to the Engineer at least 28 days prior to the installation of any drains and submit to the Engineer for testing 3 samples of any proposed splices at least 21 days prior to the installation of any drains. at least 14 days prior to installation.B. Samples of spliced PV drain shall be long enough to include the splice plus 2 feet of unspliced drain on both sides of the splice.5 Quality Control of 690-2211 3.2 If the Contractor intends to use a PV drain that is on the preapproved list supplied by the Engineer. The sample of unspliced drain shall be at least 10 feet long. the Contractor intends to the preapproved list supplied Contractor shall: - 3.1 The actual type of the Contractor PV drain installed will subject to the approval be at the option of the Engineer. install proposed one of the preapproved drain is disallowed drain by the types if Engineer.3 If install by the a drain Engineer.kieuradrain MD 7007 L. 3.

The Contractor purchase certificate to characteristics of the drain c3.1. Snould any individual sample selected at random fail to meet any specification requirement. material from tears. To minimize disturbance of the subsoil.5. then that roll shall be rejected and two additional samples shall be taken at random from two other rolls representing the snipment or 200.0 4.1 INSTALLATION General 4. Individual samples shall be no less than 10 ft in length and shall be full width.1.5. cuts. EQUIPMENT C3. pushed or vibrated) into the The mandrel or sleeve shall protect the drain soil.2 c4.5.31 .000 linear feet.4 The Contractor shall indicate materials prior to delivery shall also retain a supplier's verify the type and physical to be used.e.61 4. the proposed source of the to the site. manufacturer. 4.51 During construction. drain represented by the sample shall be rejected. Drains shall be installed using a mandrel or sleeve which shall be inserted (i. and shall be retracted after each drain is installed.1 PV drains shall be installed with approved modern equipment of a type wnich will cause a minimum of disturbance of the sub-soil during the installation operation and maintain the mandrel in a vertical position. If either of these two additional samples fail to comply with any portion of then the entire quantity of vertical the specification. and abrasion during installation. drain designation.3.000 linear feet. individual test samples shall be cut from at least one roll selected at random to represent each shipment or LOO. the mandrel or sleeve shall have a maximum cross-sectional area of ' 2 Tne mandrel or sleeve shall be sufficiently stiff iFevent wobble or deflection during installation. not be used until tne Engineer has accepted the sample (verified physical dimensions. and manufacturer's certification of physical and chemical properties). Samples submitted for tests shall indicate the linear feet of drain represented by the Tne total footage represented by the sample shall sample. whichever is less.1.. whichever is less.

the Contractor will be required to install trial drains totalling approximately linear feet at locations designated by the Engc. sequence and method proposed for PV drain installation to the Engineer for review and approval. It is t pica1 for the maximum cross-sectional area to be 10 in* (65 cm?i ). 5. ds.1 Installation PV drains Contractor Engineer.Comment: Tne design engineer should select a maximum area based muation of disturbance effects.1. The Engineer shall determine the acceptability of the anchorage system and procedure. the Engineer considers that the method of installation does not produce satisfactory PV drains. equipment. methods.1 weeks prior to the beginning of trial PV drain installation.3 5.1 INSTALLATIOid General 5. necessarily. For this purpose. the Contractor shall submit full details on the materials.4 on The mandrel or sleeve shall be provided with an anchor plate or similar arrangement at the bottom to prevent the soil from entering the bottom of the mandrel during the installation of the drain and to anchor the drain tip at the required depth at the time of mandrel withdrawal. Approval by the Engineer of the method or equipment used to install the trial drains shall not constitute.0 5. and in particular. the Contractor shall alter his method and/or equipment as necessary to comply with these specifications.2.1. and materials produce a satisfactory installation in accordance with these specifications. The dimensions of the anchor shall conform as closely as possible to the dimensions of the mandrel so as to minimize soil disturbance.1.2 5. Approval by the Engineer of installation sequence and methods shall not relieve the Contractor of its responsibility to install drains in accordance with the plans and specifications. acceptance of the method for the the remainder of the project. the diameter of the disturbed zone. numbered and staked out by the using a baseline and benchmark provided by the The Contractor shall take all reasonable to preserve the stakes and is responsible for . at any time. the Contractor shall demonstrate that its equipment. precautions shall be located.1.2 5. Prior to the installation of production PV drains. 4. PHOCEUURES 5. If.

2. The as-installed location PV drains shall not vary by more than six (6) inches the plan locations designated on the drawings. above 192 . The mandrel penetration feet per second.3 The installation shall be performed.3 be installed from the working surface to on the drawings.2.2. of the from from design installed.6 3.2. length (to nearest 0. The Contractor shall supply to the Engineer at the end of each working day a summary of the PV drains installed that The summary shall include drain type.2.neer. without any damage to the drain during advancement or retraction of the mandrel. 5. 5. spacings. Equipment for to installing vertical more of any drain. will 5. rate should be between l/2 and 2 c5. Raising of the mandrel will only be permitted after completion of a drain installation.2-feet in 10 feet during installation 5.101 5. and may revise six (6) inches or improperly place.any necessary re-staking. The Engineer may vary the or the number of drains to be installed. the plan limits for this work as necessary.11 The completed PV drain shall be cut off neatly 1 foot the working grade. Installation permitted.2. installing PV drains shall be plumbed prior each drain and shall not deviate from the than 0.5 5. In no case will alternate raising or lowering of the mandrel during advancement be permitted. or to such depth as Engineer.4 During PV drain installation.2. locations and day. the Contractor shall provide the Engineer with suitable means of determining the depth of the advancing drain at any given time and the length of drain installed at each location.8 techniques requiring driving will Jetting techniques will be permitted written approval from the Engi.2. or as otherwise specified on the contract drawings.2. receiving using a continuous push using 5.1 ft.) quantity of PV drain installed at each location. not be only after 5.7 PV drains shall be installed static weight or vibration.2 PV drains that are more than plan location or are damaged be rejected and abandoned in PV drains shall the depth shown directed by the depths.2.

or other providing two feet the Contractor may use methods to loosen the soil the augering does not into the underlying and 5.3. any instrumentation equipment that has been damaged or become unreliable as a result of his operations prior to continuing with drain installation or other construction activities. Engineer. penetrate more than compressible soil.5.3 Preaugering/Obstructions Comment: If the design engineer anticipates any obstructions (dense sofls. If permitted by the augering.2.3. 5.) based on the results of the subsurface explorations or other information.12 The Contractor shall observe precautions necessary for protection of any field instrumentation devices.3. Where obstructions are encountered below the working surface wnich cannot be penetrated by the drain installation equipment. clear obstructions.3 Comment: If the design engineer anticipates obstructions that can bered using augering of spudding.1 5. the drain location shall be abandoned and the installation equipment shall be moved to the next location.8 should be used as a guide and modified as appropriate. The Contractor shall replace. the design tip elevation. gravel or stone.4 through 5. the contract documents should include provisions for acceptable obstruction removal techniques and payment for obstruction clearance. or other action shall be taken as directed by the Engineer.2 the design engineer does not. at his own expense. the Contractor shall complete the drain from the elevation of the working surface to the obstruction and notify the Engineer prior to installing any more drains.building rubble.3. etc. the following specification sections 5.3. 5. 5.anticipate any the following specification sections 5.3.4 The Contractor overlying fill shall be responsible for penetrating material as necessary to satisfactorily . the Contractor shall attempt to install a new drain witnin two (2) feet horizontally from the obstructed drain.3. At the direction of the Engineer and under his review.1 through be used as a guide and modified as appropriate. Comment: If obstructions. The Contractor shall be responsible for penetrating any overlying material as necessary to install the drains.3.3 should 5. A maximum of two attempts shall be made as directed If the drain still cannot be installed to by the Engineer. spudding.

the Engineer to installing 2. or two feet D) implement obstruction clearance install the drain at the design Obstruction clearance procedures as directed by the Engineer. The Contractor shall then attempt to install drains adjacent to tne obstructed location.1 Splicing of PV drain a workmanlike manner hydraulic continuity material shall be done by stapling in and so as to insure structural and of the drain. or other approved methods to loosen the soil and any obstruction material prior to the installation of PV drains. Obstruction minimum. The obstruction clearance procedure is subject to the approval of the Engineer. shoe or anchor. procedures and location.6 5.8 obstructions be implemented procedure 1. the augers shall have minimum outside diameter equal to the largest horizontal dimension of the mandrel. The Contractor shall prior to completing any other drains. Based upon the results of these installations and at the direction of tne Engineer and under his review. shall be used only 5.3. The Contractor may use augering.3. Satisfactory installation may clearing obstructions defined as any man-made or object or strata that prevents the proper insertion mandrel and installation of the PV drain. the Contractor shall: a) attempt to horizontally install an offset of the obstructed drain within drain. be no more than three inches greater than the minimum outside diameter. spudding.3. whichever is The maximum outside diameter of the auger shall greatest.5 the PV drains.install require natural of the 5. such approval shall not relieve the Contractor of his responsibility to clear obstructions in accordance with these specifications. are encountered. in the listed immediately the drain the following sequence: notify and prior a 5. however.7 the 5. If augering is the selected method. .3. techniques underlying Where shall clearance procedures shall be kept to a The augering or other obstruction removal shall not penetrate more than two feet into compressible soil.4 Splicing 5.4.

2.2 6. The lengtn of PV drain to be paid for shall be the distance the installation mandrel tip penetrates below the working grade plus the required cut off length above the working grade. The length of obstruction clearance to be paid for shall be the length from the working surface at the time of installation to the depth penetrated by the auger or spud.2 6. 6.3 The jacket and core inches at any splice. whichever is the lesser depth. subject to shall be measured the prior approval on 6.4.1. tools.3 Obstruction clearance shall not be paid for unless the use of the necessary equipment is authorized by the Engineer prior to its use.3 Obstructions Obstruction clearance by augering or spudding method shall be measured by the linear foot. by other methods basis. 6.2 PV Drains 6.1 6. a minimum of 6 5. designated unless the Engineer in on the writing 6.2] A maximum permitted. or to a depth two (2) feet into the underlying compressible soil. and the Engineer verifies the penetration length.1 OF QUANTITIES and Demobilization This item shall include the furnishing of all supervision. and other equipment and materials as necessary to properly execute the work. The obstruction clearance depth is subject to verification by the Engineer. equipment. Payment will not be made for drains which are not anchored to the required depth. crews.4. survey stake out of drain locations. of 1 splice per without specific shall drain installed permission be overlapped will be from the Engineer. Obstruction clearance a time and materials of the Engineer.1 MEASUREMENT Mobilization 6.0 6. required permits. PV drains contract additional prior to placed in excess of the length drawings shall not be paid for length was authorized by the or during the drain installation.2. special insurance.1 PV drains shall be measured to the nearest whole foot. 135 .[

or for any delays or expenses incurred through changes necessitated by improper material or equipment.1 7.3 7. be at the bid price per 7.1 . equipment and all other costs necessary to complete the required work.3 Obstructions Payment for obstruction clearance using augering or spudding shall be made at the contract unit price per linear foot. The costs of such shall be included in the unit price bid for this work. notwithstanding increases or decreases in quantities of the other contract items. 7. labor.1 Payment for work under this item will be made at the contract price for Mobilization and Demobilization. Payment for linear foot trial drains shall for the PV drains. labor.7. materials. any work drawings. materials. Payment for Mobilization and Demobilization will constitute full compensation for expenses for such performance.1.4 No direct payment will be made for constructing platform other than that shown on the contract The cost of such shall be included in the unit for PV drains or in the lump sum bid for mobilization/demobilization. No direct payment shall be made for PV drains. permits if required.2. or performing other acceptable methods to clear obstructions and to satisfactorily install the PV drains. equipment.2 7.1 BASIS OF PAYMENT Mobilization and Demobilization 7.2 PV Drains Payment for PV drains shall be made at the contract unit price per linear foot for acceptable drains. altering of the equipment and methods of installation in order to produce the required end result in accordance with the contract drawings and specifications. which price shall be full compensation for the cost of furnishing the full length of PV drain material. and all other costs necessary to complete the required work. price bid 7. and shall also include tne cost of furnishing all tools. installing the PV drain.2. which price shall be full compensation for the cost of preaugering. The contract unit price shall also include furnishing all tools. spudding.2.0 7.2. including the cost of disposal of any surplus preaugered or obstruction clearance materials.3. 7.

7.32 Payment for the removal of obstructions using methods other than augering or spudding shall be on a time and materials basis. Pay Unit lump sum per linear per linear ft ft 7.3 Payment Items Payment will be made under the following Item Mobilization and Demobi1i zati on Prefabricated (PV) Drain 3 4 Obstruction (Augering Vertical Clearance or Spudding) items.1 Pay Item No.3. 7. 1 Obstruction Clearance (Other Means) per hour plus materials 107 .

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