Micromechanics of non-active clays in saturated state and DEM modelling

Pagano, Arianna Gea and Tarantino, Alessandro and Pedrotti, Matteo and Magnanimo, Vanessa and Windows-Yule, Kit and Weinhart, Thomas (2017) Micromechanics of non-active clays in saturated state and DEM modelling. EPJ Web of Conferences, 140. 15023. ISSN 2100-014X (https://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/201714015023)

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The paper presents a conceptual micromechanical model for 1-D compression behaviour of non-active clays in saturated state. An experimental investigation was carried out on kaolin clay samples saturated with fluids of different pH and dielectric permittivity. The effect of pore fluid characteristics on one-dimensional compressibility behaviour of kaolin was investigated. A three dimensional Discrete Element Method (DEM) was implemented in order to simulate the response of saturated kaolin observed during the experiments. A complex contact model was introduced, considering both the mechanical and physico-chemical microscopic interactions between clay particles. A simple analysis with spherical particles only was performed as a preliminary step in the DEM study in the elastic regime.