Determination of Model Parameters for the Hardening Soil Model

The Hardening Soil model, an elasto-plastic second-order hyperbolic isotropic hardening model, in Plaxis has seen many applications in finite element analysis of various earth structures. This technical note presents a protocol for determination of the model parameters of the Hardening Soil model from a set of triaxial compression tests. The technical note also describes details about how to determine the Mohr-Coulomb strength parameters c and ϕ for well-compacted fills (with and without cohesion), of which the failure envelopes are typically curved. The motivation for preparing this technical note came from a study on analysis of field-scale soil–geosynthetic composites in which the soil model and model parameters deduced from triaxial tests were able to predict with very good accuracy “all” measured results of five field-scale soil–geosynthetic composites under increasing applied vertical loads up to 1000 kPa (approximately five times the load level commonly used in design of reinforced soil bridge abutments). The model parameters were determined by a well-defined protocol. The protocol should be of value to researchers and engineers who use the soil model for sophisticated finite element analysis and design of earth structures.


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  • Accession Number: 01744120
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 2020 9:30AM