Influence of cracking in the desiccation process of clay soils
Levatti, HU, Prat, P and Ledesma, A (2009). Influence of cracking in the desiccation process of clay soils. X International Conference on Computational Plasticity (COMPLAS X). Barcelona, Spain 02 - 04 Sep 2009 European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS).
|Authors||Levatti, HU, Prat, P and Ledesma, A|
It is well known that clayey soils undergoing desiccation tend to shrink and eventually crack. Analysis of the behaviour It and influence of cracks in these types of soils is very important in several engineering fields such as mine tailing dams, long-term radioactive waste storage, impervious core of earth dams, and in any situation where clay is used as a barrier to fluid flow. Loss of humidity and cracking changes the permeability of such barriers that may no longer work properly and pose potentially high risks to property and lives. This paper presents an analysis of cracking during drying of soils using a computer code developed within the framework of the finite element and finite differences methods. A study of the influence of crack initiation and propagation in the desiccation process is also undertaken, with a comparative analysis of the phenomenon both with and without crack generation that allows some preliminary conclusions about the desiccation problem.
|Publisher||European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS)|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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|02 Sep 2009|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||30 Nov 2017|
|Accepted||01 Aug 2009|
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