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Case Studies and Benchmark Examples for the Use of Grading Entropy in Geotechnics

Author(s): Emöke Imre | Jànos Lörincz | Janos Szendefy | Phong Q. Trang | Laszlo Nagy | Vijay P. Singh | Stephen Fityus

Journal: Entropy
ISSN 1099-4300

Volume: 14;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 1079;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: grading entropy | piping | dispersive | suffosion | filtering

The grading entropy concept can be adapted to the field of geotechnics, to establish criteria for phenomena such as particle packing, particle migration and filtering, through a quantified expression of the order/disorder in the grain size distribution, in terms of two entropy-based parameters. In this paper, the grading entropy theory is applied in some geotechnical case studies, which serve as benchmark examples to illustrate its application to the characterisation of piping, softening and dispersive soils, and to filtering problems in the context of a leachate collection system for a landfill site. Further, since unstable cohesive (dispersive) soils are generally improved by lime, the effect of lime addition is also considered, on the basis of some measurements and a further application of the grading entropy concept, which allows evolutions in the entropy of a soil to be considered as its grading is modified. The examples described support the hypothesis that the potential for soil erosion and particle migration can be reliably identified using grading entropy parameters derived from grading curve data, and applied through an established soil structure stability criteria and a filtering rule. It is shown that lime modification is not necessarily helpful in stabilizing against particle migration.
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