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Soft Clay Soil

The following material properties need to be defined (Matlock, 1970):

  • Strain Factor (E50) - strain corresponding to 1/2 the maximum principal stress difference (typical values are provided in the table below)
  • Undrained Shear Strength

p-y Curve for Soft Clay

p-y curve for Soft Clay

REPRESENTATIVE VALUES OF E50 FOR NORMALLY CONSOLIDATED CLAYS

Consistency of Clay

Average undrained shear strength (kPa)

E50

Soft

<48

0.020

Medium

48-96

0.010

Stiff

96-192

0.005

For more information, see the Lateral Analysis Theory Manual.


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