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Powerful Software to Simulate Soil Consolidation Problems with Prefabricated Vertical Drains

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Civil Engineering Department, Technical University of Cartagena, Paseo Alfonso XIII 52, 30203 Cartagena, Spain
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Metallurgical and Mining Engineering Department, Universidad Católica del Norte, Av. Angamos 0610, Antofagasta (Región de Antofagasta), Chile
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Water 2018, 10(3), 242; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10030242
Received: 2 February 2018 / Revised: 22 February 2018 / Accepted: 23 February 2018 / Published: 27 February 2018
The present work describes the program Simulation of Consolidation with Vertical Drains (SICOMED_2018), a tool for the solution of consolidation processes in heterogeneous soils, with totally or partially penetrating prefabricated vertical drains (PVD) and considering both the effects of the smear zone, generated when introducing the drain into the ground, and the limitation in the discharge capacity of the drain. In order to provide a completely free program, the code Next-Generation Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis (Ngspice) has been used as a numerical tool while the Matrix Laboratory (MATLAB) code was used to program and create an interface with the user through interactive screens. In this way, SICOMED_2018 is presented as an easy-to-use and intuitive program, with a simple graphical interface that allows the user to enter all the soil properties and geometry of the problem without having to resort to a complex software package that requires programming. Illustrative applications describe both the versatility of the program and the reliability of its numerical solutions. View Full-Text
Keywords: consolidation software; vertical drains; heterogeneous soils; smear; drain resistance consolidation software; vertical drains; heterogeneous soils; smear; drain resistance
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García-Ros, G.; Alhama, I.; Cánovas, M. Powerful Software to Simulate Soil Consolidation Problems with Prefabricated Vertical Drains. Water 2018, 10, 242.

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