Determination of the equivalent intergranular void ratio - Application to the instability and the critical state of silty sand
Détermination de l'indice des vides intergranulaire équivalent - Application à l'instabilité et à l'état critique du sable silteux
Nguyen, T.K. ; Benahmed, N. ; Hicher, P.Y.
Type de document
Communication scientifique avec actes
Affiliation de l'auteur
GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING DIVISION UNIVERSITY OF TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGY HANOI VNM ; IRSTEA AIX EN PROVENCE UR RECOVER FRA ; ECOLE CENTRALE DE NANTES FRA
Résumé / Abstract
This paper presents an experimental study of mechanical response of natural Camargue silty sand. The analysis of test results used the equivalent intergranular void ratio instead of the global void ratio. The calculation of equivalent intergranular void ratio requires the determination of parameter b which represents, physically, the fraction of active fines participating on the chain forces network, hence the strength of the soil. A new formula for determining the parameter b by using an approach based on the coordination number distribution and probability calculation is proposed. The validation of the developed relationship was done through back-analysis of published datasets in literature on the effect of fines content on silty sand behaviour. It is shown that the equivalent intergranular void ratio calculated with the b value obtained by the new formula is able to provide strong correlation to not only the critical state of but also the onset of instability of various silty sands, in different terms as peak deviator stress, peak stress ratio or cyclic resistance. Therefore, it is suggested that the use of the equivalent void ratio concept and the new b calculating formula is highly desirable in predicting of the silty sand behaviour.
8th International Conference on Mechanics of Granular Media-Powder and Grains, 03/07/2017 - 07/07/2017, Montpellier, FRA