Modelling cyclic elastic behaviour of sands

Atilla M. Ansal*, Hacer K. Ansal, Raymond John Krizek

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The cyclic stress-strain behaviour of cohesionless soils is considered to be composed of elastic and inelastic components, and the cyclic elastic stress-strain relationships for one type of uniform sand are investigated by conducting isotropic and laterally constrained compression tests under low frequency cyclic loads. The effects of relative density, stress history, and stress state on the cyclic elastic behaviour are studied. Simple and practically applicable elastic stress-strain models are developed based on Hertzian contact theory. It was observed in both types of tests that elastic strains can accurately be modelled by a power function of stresses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-99
Number of pages10
JournalSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987


  • Sands
  • cyclic stress-strain behaviour
  • elastic strains
  • isotropic compression
  • laterally constrained compression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Soil Science

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