A Continuum Based Approach to Modelling Tensile Cracks in Soils

Hieu T. Tran, Ha H. Bui, Giang D Nguyen, J. Kodikara, M Sanchez

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Desiccation cracking in clayey soils is the cause of significant damage to structures supported by the soils as it can create fluid path ways leading to internal erosion in earth structures, or trigger slope failures and landslides. This paper presents a continuum computational framework to investigate soil cracking undergoing drying shrinkage. The proposed framework combines an advanced meshfree smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) computational method and a size-dependent constitutive model that allows modelling soil cracking at the particle level. The potential of the proposed approach is demonstrated through two examples of a single cracking problem, and a more complex one that involves complex cracking patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPoromechanics VI
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Sixth Biot Conference on Poromechanics, July 9-13, 2017, Paris, France
EditorsMatthieu Vandamme , Patrick Dangla, Jean-Michel Pereira, Siavash Ghabezloo
Place of PublicationReston, Virginia
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780784480779
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventBiot Conference on Poromechanics (BIOT) 2017 - Paris, France
Duration: 9 Jul 201713 Jul 2017
Conference number: 6th


ConferenceBiot Conference on Poromechanics (BIOT) 2017
Abbreviated titleBIOT 2017

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