primary compression

primary consolidation, primary compression, primary time effect

The reduction in volume of a soil mass caused by the application of a sustained load on the mass; principally due to the squeezing out of water from the voids in the mass, accompanied by a transfer of the load from the soil water to the soil solids.
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Primary compression occurs quickly in response to self-weight and an external load applied to the waste.
The primary compression is expected to be in service in the fourth quarter of 2013 and the booster compression is targeted to be complete in the second quarter of 2014.
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