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NUMERICAL SIMULATION AND FIELD VERIFICATION OF INCLINED PIEZOCONE PENETRATION TEST IN COHESIVE SOILS A Dissertation Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of the Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering by Lei Wei B.S., Tongji University, China, 1997 M.S., Tongji University, China, 2000 May 2004
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ii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my advisor, Dr. Mehmet T. Tumay, whose expertise, understanding and patience added considerably to my graduate experience. I cannot thank you enough for your guidance and continuous support throughout my PhD journey. I also wish to express my deep appreciation to my co- advisor Dr. Murad Y. Abu-Farsakh, for his guidance, encouragement and valuable suggestions. I also would like to thank the other members of my committee, Dr. George Z. Voyiadjis, Dr. Khalid A. Alshibli and Dr. Dante Fratta for serving on the examining committee. I specially wish to thank Dr. George Z. Voyiadjis for offering me a nice office to work in and for the access to ABAQUS workstation at CSM Lab. I also would like to thank Dr. Chung R. Song for providing the source code of the finite element program CS-S I thank my parents for the support they provided me through my entire life. A very special thanks goes to my parents-in-law, for their great support during my difficult times. I especially wish to thank my wife, Xia, without whose love and encouragement, I would not have finished this dissertation. I must also acknowledge Mr. Bill Tierney from LTRC for his friendship and valuable help during the entire field testing research phase. I would also like to thank my friends in the CSM Lab, particularly Dr. Rashid Abu Al-Rub, for the exchange of knowledge and useful discussions. This research was financially supported by the National Science Foundation under grant CMS-9907951, which is gratefully acknowledged.
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iii TABLE OF CONTENTS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS………………………………………………………………. ..ii LIST OF TABLES………………………………………………………………………. ..v LIST OF FIGURES……………………………………………………………………. ...vi ABSTRACT……………………………………………………………………………. ..xi 1 INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………………….…. ..1 1.1 Background …………………………………………………………………… ...... 1 1.2 Objectives and Scope of Work …………………………………………… . ....... 4 1.3 Organization of Various Chapters ………………………………………… . ...... 4 2 LITERATURE REVIEW……………………………………………………………. ..... 5 2.1 Introduction ……………………………………………………………………… ..5 2.2 Bearing Capacity Models
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