Development of layered models for geotechnical centrifuge tests

Divall, S., Stallebrass, S. E., Goodey, R.J. & Ritchie, E. P. (2018). Development of layered models for geotechnical centrifuge tests. In: A. M. McNamara, S. Divall, R.J. Goodey, N. Taylor, S. E. Stallebrass & J. P. Panchal (Eds.), Physical Modelling in Geotechnics: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (ICPMG 2018), July 17-20, 2018, London, United Kingdom. . CRC Press. ISBN 9781138559752

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Abstract

Centrifuge modelling is an established technique for investigating the ground response to complex and non-standard geotechnical events. These models are usually made from re-formed soil, allowing for comparisons with naturally occurring soil deposits. Clay models are formed by mixing clay powder and water into a slurry. This slurry is placed within a container and loaded to create a uniform stiff clay model. However, there is a fundamental disparity between this process and the deposition of natural soils, because natural soil is deposited in layers creating a unique structure. This structure is important for modelling true soil behaviour because some essential soil properties (such as permeability, stiffness and strength) are not identical in all directions. Currently, there are limited methods for creating layered soil samples. This paper describes the development of a new procedure for creating layered centrifuge models with structure – leading to potentially more representative models of naturally occurring ground.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter to be published by Routledge in Physical Modelling in Geotechnics: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (ICPMG 2018), July 17-20, 2018, London, United Kingdom, on July 3 2018, available online: https://www.crcpress.com/Physical-Modelling-in-Geotechnics-Proceedings-of-the-9th-International/McNamara/p/book/9781138559752.
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences > Engineering
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/19902

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