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Advances in Civil Engineering
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 1691605, 8 pages
Research Article

Modified Liu-Carter Compression Model for Natural Clays with Various Initial Water Contents

Institute of Geotechnical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China

Received 23 February 2016; Revised 26 April 2016; Accepted 23 May 2016

Academic Editor: Christophe Petit

Copyright © 2016 Sen Qian et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The initial water content has a significant effect on the compression behaviour of reconstituted clays. This effect has to be considered in the Liu-Carter model to ensure the addition voids ratio only related to soil structure. A modified Liu-Carter compression model is proposed by introducing the empirical equations for reconstituted clays at different initial water contents into the Liu-Carter model. The proposed model is verified against the experimental results from the literature. The simulations by the proposed method are also compared with that by old method where the influence of initial water content is not considered. The results show that the predicted virgin compression curves of natural clays are similar, but the values of and may be very different.