Use of a bounding surface model in predicting element tests and capacity in boundary value problems
AuthorRoy, A; Chow, SH; O'Loughlin, CD; Randolph, MF; Whyte, S
Source TitleCanadian Geotechnical Journal
PublisherCANADIAN SCIENCE PUBLISHING
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsRoy, A., Chow, S. H., O'Loughlin, C. D., Randolph, M. F. & Whyte, S. (2021). Use of a bounding surface model in predicting element tests and capacity in boundary value problems. CANADIAN GEOTECHNICAL JOURNAL, 58 (6), pp.782-799. https://doi.org/10.1139/cgj-2019-0841.
Access StatusOpen Access
The paper examines the merit of a bounding surface plasticity model at both element and system level. The governing equations are based essentially on the parent bounding surface plasticity model reported by Dafalias and Manzari in 2004 with some simple yet practical changes to enable realistic predictions for monotonic loading along different load paths. This is achieved by scaling the influence of the state parameter based on a normalised measure of anisotropy, thus leading to suitable change in dilatancy and plastic modulus for different loading directions. The paper presents a simple optimisation technique for calibrating the model parameters, providing an objective approach to reduce the uncertainties in parameter determination that leads to good agreement with responses measured in drained and undrained triaxial tests. The model has also been implemented for the boundary value problem of a buried circular plate anchor and a surface circular footing. Comparisons of the simulated responses with those measured in centrifuge tests demonstrate the potential of the model, whilst also pointing to the challenges in capturing the global response at all strain levels, even for rather simple boundary value problems.
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