The one-dimensional laboratory consolidation test developed by Terzaghi permits deformation and drainage only in the vertical direction. The stress-strain characteristics of data obtained from this test are normally studied using a semilogarithmic graphical representation, that is, vertical strain or void ratio is plotted as a function of the logarithm of effective stress. Such a representation permits an analysis of the stress history and compressibility characteristics of soils. Knowledge of these material characteristics is of great practical value in the prediction of settlement associated with loading where the effects of lateral consolidation may be neglected.
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McNulty, E. Gregory; Hopkins, Tommy C.; and Gorman, C. Thomas, "Analysis of Time-Independent Consolidation Data" (1978). Kentucky Transportation Center Research Report. 824.