Generalised Elasto-Plastic Stress-Strain Relations of a Fully Coupled Hydro-Mechanical Model

Sanchez, M., Lloret, M. , Wheeler, S. and Karstunen, M. (2008) Generalised Elasto-Plastic Stress-Strain Relations of a Fully Coupled Hydro-Mechanical Model. In: Toll, D.G., Augarde, C.E., Gallipoli, D. and Wheeler, S.J. (eds.) Unsaturated Soils. Advances in Geo-Engineering: Proceedings of the 1st European Conference, E-UNSAT 2008, Durham, United Kingdom, 2-4 July 2008. Taylor and Francis, pp. 567-573. ISBN 9780415476928 (doi: 10.1201/9780203884430.ch76)

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Wheeler and co-workers have recently proposed an elasto-plastic framework involving the coupling of hydraulic and mechanical behaviour in unsaturated soils. A characteristic of the model is that it has been formulated in terms of Bishop's stress and modified suction (i.e. suction multiplied by porosity). By using these new stress variables it is possible to predict the influence of the degree of saturation on the stress-strain behaviour. In particular, this new framework is able to represent the coupling between hydraulic and mechanical behaviour, allowing the prediction of influences of changes in the degree of saturation on the stress-strain behaviour and conversely, influences of volumetric strains on the water retention relationship. In this paper a 3D generalization of the stress-strain governing equations of this model is proposed based on concepts of multi-dissipative materials. This is a proper framework as in this model the coupled hydro-mechanical behaviour is described by three elasto-plastic mechanisms.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wheeler, Professor Simon and Lloret-Cabot, Dr Marti
Authors: Sanchez, M., Lloret, M., Wheeler, S., and Karstunen, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Infrastructure and Environment
Journal Name:1st European Conference on Unsaturated Soils
Publisher:Taylor and Francis

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