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A pressuremeter-based evaluation of structure in London Clay using a kinematic hardening constitutive model

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mohamed Rouainia, Dr Stelios Panayides



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The self-boring pressuremeter (SBP) test was designed to measure in situ engineering properties of the ground with a relatively small amount of disturbance. The properties that may be inferred from the test depend on the mechanical model used for its interpretation and on the significance given to other previously available information. In this paper, numerical modelling using the advanced kinematic hardening structure model (KHSM) for natural soils has been performed to investigate the influence of the initial structure and the degradation of structure on the SBP cavity pore pressures and expansion curves within London Clay. The validation of the KHSM against well-known analytical solutions and the calibration procedure used to identify the material parameters are presented. The numerical analyses reveal that the simulations of the SBP tests using the KHSM model provide a very close match of the expansion curves to the experimental data, but underestimate the pore pressures at the initial stage of the SBP expansion test. A parametric study has been carried out to determine the effects induced by the parameters of the destructuration model along with the disturbance experienced during the SBP installation, which is difficult to estimate in situ. Two disturbance scenarios were considered where the initial structure was assumed to vary linearly across an area close to the wall of the cavity. These simulations indicate that accounting for installation disturbance leads to a substantial improvement in pore pressure predictions for the SBP.

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Author(s): Rouainia M, Panayides S, Arroyo M, Gens A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Acta Geotechnica

Year: 2020

Volume: 15

Pages: 2089-2101

Online publication date: 05/03/2020

Acceptance date: 04/02/2020

Date deposited: 09/03/2020

ISSN (print): 1861-1125

ISSN (electronic): 1861-1133

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s11440-020-00940-w


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