An Approach for Description of Elastic Parameters of Cross-Anisotropic Saturated Soils

Author: Ahmed Mohammed Hasan

Abstract:  The processes of deposition and consolidation in natural soils or compaction in fill materials will typically produce soils that are initially cross-anisotropic (also known as transversely isotropic or orthotropic) in terms of both small strain elastic behaviour and large strain plastic behaviour. For small strain elastic behaviour, five elastic parameters are required to fully describe cross-anisotropic soils such as two Young’s moduli (Ev in vertical direction and Eh in horizontal direction), two Poisson’s ratios (vvh horizontal strain due to vertical strain and vhh horizontal strain due to horizontal strain) and an independent shear modulus such as Ghv(a shear wave horizontally transmitted with vertically polarised). These five elastic parameters have been expressed in different fashions in the literature. In this paper results from derivations showed that it is possible to express the elastic parameters for cross-anisotropic soils in a different way than that expressed in the literature using as a function of independent measurements of two shear moduli and two constrained moduli from three pairs of bender/extender elements BEEs fitted on a cross-anisotropic soil sample in a triaxial apparatus and measuring or assuming the value of vhh using combination of triaxial testing system and bender/extender element testing system.

Keywords: Elastic Parameters, Cross-Anisotropic Soils, Bender/Extender Elements, Shear and Constrained Moduli

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doi: 10.23918/eajse.v3i3p145