Picture of virus under microscope

Research under the microscope...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde research outputs.

Strathprints serves world leading Open Access research by the University of Strathclyde, including research by the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS), where research centres such as the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC), the Cancer Research UK Formulation Unit, SeaBioTech and the Centre for Biophotonics are based.

Explore SIPBS research

Implementation algorithm of a generalised plasticity model for swelling clays

Sanchez, M. and Gens, A. and Guimaraes, L. and Olivella, S. (2008) Implementation algorithm of a generalised plasticity model for swelling clays. Computers and Geotechnics, 35 (6). pp. 860-871. ISSN 0266-352X

Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)

Abstract

A multi-mechanism generalisation of Sloan's integration scheme for elasto-plastic laws has been developed in order to implement a double structure model for expansive clays into a FE code. The constitutive model is built on a conceptual approach for unsaturated expansive soils in which the fundamental characteristic is the explicit consideration of the two pore levels often present in expansive clays. The distinction between macro and microstructure provides the opportunity to take into account the dominant phenomena that affect the behaviour of each structural level and the main interactions between them. The model is formulated using concepts of classical and generalised plasticity theories. The integration scheme proposed can deal with the two plastic mechanisms defined in the model and can incorporate the effects of strains, suction and temperature in the stress integration process. A large scale heating test is analysed to check the capabilities of the implemented model to simulate an actual problem involving complex thermo-hydro-mechanical stress paths. The performance of the model has been very satisfactory and the proposed integration scheme has proved to be robust and efficient in solving a highly non-linear coupled problem.