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Coupling cyclic and water retention response of a clayey sand subjected to traffic and environmental cycles

Azizi, Arash; Kumar, Ashutosh; Toll, David G.

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Arash Azizi

Ashutosh Kumar



Abstract

Compacted soils used as formation layers of railways and roads continuously undergo water content and suction changes due to seasonal variations. Such variations, together with the impact of cyclic traffic-induced loads, can alter the hydro-mechanical behaviour of the soil, which in turn affects the performance of the superstructure. This study investigates the impact of hydraulic cycles on the coupled water retention and cyclic response of a compacted soil. Suction-monitored cyclic triaxial tests were performed on a compacted clayey sand. The cyclic response of the soil obtained after applying drying and wetting paths was different to that obtained immediately after compaction. The results showed that both suction and degree of saturation are required to interpret the cyclic behaviour. A new approach was developed using (a) a hysteretic water retention model to predict suction variations during cyclic loading and (b) Bishop's stress together with a bonding parameter to predict accumulated permanent strain and resilient modulus. The proposed formulations were able to predict the water retention behaviour, accumulated permanent strains and resilient modulus well, indicating the potential capability of using the fundamentals of unsaturated soils for predicting the effects of drying and wetting cycles on the coupled soil water retention and cyclic response.

Citation

Azizi, A., Kumar, A., & Toll, D. G. (2023). Coupling cyclic and water retention response of a clayey sand subjected to traffic and environmental cycles. Géotechnique, 73(5), 401-417. https://doi.org/10.1680/jgeot.21.00063

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 11, 2021
Online Publication Date Dec 20, 2021
Publication Date 2023-05
Deposit Date Jan 26, 2022
Publicly Available Date Dec 20, 2022
Journal Géotechnique
Print ISSN 0016-8505
Electronic ISSN 1751-7656
Publisher ICE Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 73
Issue 5
Pages 401-417
DOI https://doi.org/10.1680/jgeot.21.00063

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