A constitutive model for size dependent behaviour of soils

Dat G. Phan, Giang D. Nguyen, Ha H. Bui

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Abstract

Localisation of deformation in the form of shear bands during material failure leads to the breakdown of the assumption of homogenous deformation, due to considerable variation of strain across the shear band. Classical continuum models based on the assumption of homogeneous deformation is therefore invalid in such cases. In addition, these models also ignore the effects of inclination, thickness and evolution of shear band in constitutive equations. In this sense, traditional continuum models are unable to capture correctly localised failure of soils. On the other hand, existing enrichment approaches such as non-local and gradient dependent regularizations and the discretization-based enhancements, although having reached a mature state of developments, are usually mixed with the numerical methods for solving boundary value problems. As a consequence, the analysis of localised failure and size effects always have to depend on the analysis of boundary value problems. These existing approaches are also complicated to be implemented in a numerical code, and/or computationally expensive for wide applications in engineering design. The research in this paper follows a new line of developments in which a length scale is embedded directly in the constitutive structure once localisation takes place, and hence will naturally describe the localisation induced size effects at the material level. The formulation is established and preliminary results illustrated to demonstrate the promising features of the new approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMechanics of Structures and Materials
Subtitle of host publicationAdvancements and Challenges - Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, ACMSM24 2016
EditorsChunwei Zhang, Hong Hao
PublisherCRC Press
Pages827-834
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781138029934
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
EventAustralasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials 2016 - Perth, Australia
Duration: 6 Dec 20169 Dec 2016
Conference number: 24th

Publication series

NameMechanics of Structures and Materials: Advancements and Challenges - Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, ACMSM24 2016

Conference

ConferenceAustralasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials 2016
Abbreviated titleACMSM 2016
CountryAustralia
CityPerth
Period6/12/169/12/16

Keywords

  • Bifurcation
  • Constitutive modelling
  • Shear band
  • Size-effect
  • Strain localization

Cite this

Phan, D. G., Nguyen, G. D., & Bui, H. H. (2017). A constitutive model for size dependent behaviour of soils. In C. Zhang, & H. Hao (Eds.), Mechanics of Structures and Materials: Advancements and Challenges - Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, ACMSM24 2016 (pp. 827-834). (Mechanics of Structures and Materials: Advancements and Challenges - Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, ACMSM24 2016). CRC Press.