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Published March 1984 | public
Journal Article

Rapid expansion of a cylindrical cavity in a rate-type soil


An analytical solution for rapid (undrained) expansion of a long cylindrical cavity from initially zero radius is presented. A simple rate-type soil model possessing the salient features of the modified Cambridge critical state model is used. Application of the solution to determination of the stress field surrounding a pile immediately after driving is discussed.

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© 1984 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Received 11 March 1982; Revised 18 August 1982. Comments of Professor Roger Fosdick of the University of Minnesota and Dr. Bruce Hunt of the University of Canterbury were particularly helpful to our understanding of the cavity expansion solution and are gratefully acknowledged.

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