Influence of Mechanical Yielding on Predictions of Saturation: The Saturation Line

Lloret-Cabot, M. and Wheeler, S. J. (2017) Influence of Mechanical Yielding on Predictions of Saturation: The Saturation Line. In: 7th International Conference on Coupled Problems in Science & Engineering (COUPLED PROBLEMS 2017), Rhodes Island, Greece, 12-14 June 2017, pp. 89-98. ISBN 978849439283

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It is now well accepted that the mechanical and the water retention behaviour of a soil under unsaturated conditions are coupled and, that such coupling, should be incorporated into a constitutive model for a realistic representation of soil’s response. In existing models, the influence of the mechanical behaviour on the water retention is often represented by a shift of the main wetting retention curve to higher values of matric suction (the difference between pore air and pore water pressures) when the specific volume decreases. This means that any variation of total volumetric strains of compression (whether these are elastic or elasto-plastic) will result in a shift of the main wetting and drying curves to the right, when these curves are represented in the water retention plane. This shift of the main water retention curves, however, should not only influence the unsaturated stress states as often described in the literature, it should also have some impact on the saturated stress states and, more specifically, on the predictions of de-saturation (air-entry point) and saturation (air-exclusion point). From a modelling point of view, it is advantageous to represent this influence through the plastic component of volumetric strain of compression only because, in this way, a consistent representation of the mechanical behaviour for both unsaturated and saturated states can be naturally achieved. This and other advantages resulting from this singular approach are demonstrated in the paper in the context of the Glasgow Coupled Model (GCM).

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wheeler, Professor Simon and Lloret-Cabot, Dr Marti
Authors: Lloret-Cabot, M., and Wheeler, S. J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Infrastructure and Environment
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
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717661COUPLEDSimon WheelerEuropean Commission (EC)706712ENG - ENGINEERING INFRASTRUCTURE & ENVIR