Soil improvement by surcharge and vacuum preloadings

E. C. Leong*, R. A.A. Soemitro, H. Rahardjo

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Laboratory tests were conducted on specimens of soft clay in order to highlight the quantitative differences between surcharge and vacuum preloading. Surcharge preloading produced a greater shear strength improvement than vacuum preloading for an `equivalent' loading condition. Test results showed the difference in shear strength gain when soil was subjected to surcharge and vacuum preloading.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-605
Number of pages5
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Clays
  • Consolidation
  • Laboratory tests
  • Pore pressures
  • Shear Strength
  • Suction


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