Meshfree SPH modelling of shrinkage induced cracking in clayey soils

Hieu T. Tran, Nhu H.T. Nguyen, Giang D. Nguyen, Ha H. Bui

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In this study, a computational approach that combines the mesh-free Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) and a simple anisotropic damage constitutive model is proposed to model shrinkage induced cracking in clayey soils. To assess its performance, a numerical soil shrinkage test is conducted and simulation results are compared with experimental data. Numerical results show that the proposed approach can capture complicated cracking patterns with multiple fracture networks in clayey soils, which demonstrates the potential of SPH for simulating desiccation cracking in these materials.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCIGOS 2019, Innovation for Sustainable Infrastructure
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Geotechnics, Civil Engineering Works and Structures
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventCongrès International de Géotechnique – Ouvrages –Structures 2019 - Han Noi, Vietnam
Duration: 31 Oct 20191 Nov 2019
Conference number: 6th

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


ConferenceCongrès International de Géotechnique – Ouvrages –Structures 2019
Abbreviated titleCIGOS 2019
CityHan Noi
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  • Clayey soil
  • Desiccation cracking
  • SPH

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