A micromechanistic formulation for stress-strain response of clay

Tuncer B. Edil*, Mura Toshio, Raymond John Krizek

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A micromechanistic theory is developed on the basis of variational principles to facilitate the interpretation of experimental data relating the stress-strain behavior of a clay soil to its fabric and water retention characteristics. This formulation yields a stress-strain expression with terms to characterize the void ratio and particle orientation distribution, as well as certain deformation parameters, one set of which is an empirical function of the soil-water potential. The resulting theoretical relationship is applied to study the response of five representative fabric samples prepared from a slurry with two different chemistries and consolidation stress paths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)831-840
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Science
Issue number9-10
StatePublished - Jan 1 1975

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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