SHEAR MODULUS AND CYCLIC UNDRAINED BEHAVIOR OF SANDS

The results of laboratory experiments performed to investigate the effects that factors such as fabric, anisotropic consolidation and stress-strain history have on the shear modulus at very small strains (Go), on the drained modulus degradation curve, and on the cyclic undrained shear strength of sands are summarized. The results presented show that Go is relatively insensitive to sand fabric, initial stress ratio, monotonic prestressing, and cyclic strain history. Thus, specimens with the same Go can exhibit very different behaviors in cyclic undrained shear, depending upon their initial fabric, initial stress ratio, or stress-strain history. To a lesser degree, this is also true for the shear modulus (G) at larger strains, as interpreted in the conventional manner from drained cyclic shear tests (unload/reload modulus). Based on these findings, the limitations involved in the use of Go and G to interpret behavior in cyclic undrained shear are discussed. (A)

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    Japanese Society of Soil Mech & Foundation Engrs

    Tokyo,   Japan 
  • Authors:
    • Alarcon-Guzman, A
    • CHAMEAU, J L
    • Leonards, G A
    • Frost, J D
  • Publication Date: 1989-12

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 105-119
  • Serial:
    • SOILS AND FOUNDATIONS
    • Volume: 29
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: JAPANESE GEOTECHNICAL SOCIETY
    • ISSN: 0038-0806

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00606016
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM