Numerical Modelling of desiccation processes in clayey soils

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Levatti, HU, Prat, P and Ledesma, A (2009). Numerical Modelling of desiccation processes in clayey soils. 1st International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics (ComGeo I). Juan-les-Pins, France 29 Apr - 01 May 2009 London South Bank University.
AuthorsLevatti, HU, Prat, P and Ledesma, A
Abstract

Desiccation processes in clayey soils involve a gradual moisture content loss induced by evaporation from the soil surface. The desiccation process, mainly governed by very nonlinear hydraulic properties, has an influence on the mechanical behaviour of the soil because the material tends to shrink, thus inducing changes in the stress fields. To understand this process one needs to solve the coupled hydraulic-mechanical problem. In this paper, the formulation (including the unsaturated soil equilibrium and the mass balance equations) and some initial results of a numerical finite element code that solve the boundary value problem are presented. The state variables used in the model are the net stress (total stress) and the suction (negative pore water pressure). For the mechanics part, a non-linear elasticity model based on the state surface concept is chosen, while for the hydraulics problem, Darcy’s law, including unsaturated flow, is used. To relate negative pore water pressure to the degree of saturation the van Genuchten equations are used.

Year2009
JournalProceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics (ComGeo I)
PublisherLondon South Bank University
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CC BY 4.0
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Print29 Apr 2009
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Deposited30 Nov 2017
Accepted01 Apr 2009
Book titleProceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics (ComGeo I)
ISBN0-9510380-4-4
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