WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOIL COMPACTION AND CONSOLIDATION?

Condensation should not be confused with consolidation. At the end of the consolidation and/or compaction process, a closer packing of the clay grains results, leading to an increase in shear strength and a decrease in compressibility and permeability.

difference between condensation and consolidation
difference between condensation and consolidation

difference between condensation and consolidation

soil compaction

  • it is a dynamic process
  • compaction is almost instantaneous
  • Density is due to reduction in air spaces
  • Soil is always unsaturated
  • The density for a typical compaction effort is only up to a limited amount of water content called the optimum moisture content.
  • Compaction is done before the construction of the structure

soil consolidation

  • it is a steady process
  • Consolidation is a stable process
  • Consolidation is caused by the removal of pore water from the voids
  • The soil is considered completely saturated
  • The process of consolidation starts as soon as the construction work starts.

Er. Mukesh Kumar

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Er. Mukesh Kumar is Editor in Chief and Co-Funder at ProCivilEngineer.com Civil Engineering Website. Mukesh Kumar is a Bachelor in Civil Engineering From MIT. He has work experience in Highway Construction, Bridge Construction, Railway Steel Girder work, Under box culvert construction, Retaining wall construction. He was a lecturer in a Engineering college for more than 6 years.