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Consequences of Terzaghi’s effective stress decomposition in the context of finite strain poro-mechanics

Pretti, Giuliano; Coombs, William M.; Augarde, Charles E.

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William M. Coombs
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Poro-mechanics is a branch of mechanics considering the hydro-mechanical behaviour of a porous solid medium whose pores are saturated by a fluid. The presence of both these constituents significantly influences the overall macro-response of the material. Regardless of the application, Terzaghi’s effective stress decomposition is a well-established hypothesis regarding how the total stress tensor is decomposed into a part directly related to strain (effective stress) and a part borne by the fluid phase (interstitial pressure). The assumption of an incompressible solid medium physically justifies Terzaghi’s effective decomposition. However, under the further assumption of finite strain mechanics, a more restrictive constraint on the volume change arises, which the vast majority of formulations neglect. This work details how disregarding this constraint on the volume change can lead to the violation of solid mass balance, which can be counted among the fundamental principles of continuum mechanics. Furthermore, to address this issue practically, an ad hoc stress-strain relationship is designed to respect Terzaghi stress decomposition and solid mass balance in the context of finite-strain hyper-elasticity.

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Pretti, G., Coombs, W. M., & Augarde, C. E. (2024). Consequences of Terzaghi’s effective stress decomposition in the context of finite strain poro-mechanics. In W. M. Coombs (Ed.), UKACM Proceedings 2024 (109-112). https://doi.org/10.62512/conf.ukacm2024.019

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name 2024 UK Association for Computational Mechanics Conference
Start Date Apr 10, 2024
End Date Apr 12, 2024
Acceptance Date Jan 26, 2024
Online Publication Date Apr 25, 2024
Publication Date Apr 25, 2024
Deposit Date Jun 21, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jul 11, 2024
Pages 109-112
Book Title UKACM Proceedings 2024
DOI https://doi.org/10.62512/conf.ukacm2024.019
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/2488111

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