DOI: 10.1139/cgj-2022-0331 ISSN: 0008-3674

A two-dimensional effective stress framework for modelling whole-life soil strength changes due to pore pressure generation and dissipation, Part 1: Formulation

Yufei Wang, Conleth D O'Loughlin, Zefeng Zhou, Christophe Gaudin
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

The undrained shear strength of fine-grained soils changes with time, reducing due to pore pressure generation, and increasing during consolidation. There is an increasing appetite to recognise these temporal soil strength changes in offshore geotechnical design, as it provides a basis for potentially less conservative designs. Contributions to this endeavour are reported across two companion papers. This first paper extends an existing effective stress framework that relates generation of pore pressure to accumulated plastic shear strain, allowing undrained shear strength to be calculated within the context of critical-state soil mechanics. The main development is the extension of the computational domain to two dimensions, allowing calculations to be made for boundary value problems that cannot be satisfactorily simplified to 1D conditions. The magnitude and distribution of accumulated shear strain surrounding objects buried in soil are quantified through a series of large deformation finite element analyses. These spatial distributions are described using a strain influence function in the new 2D framework to calculate the extent and magnitude of excess pore pressure, and in turn the mobilised soil strength around the buried object. The performance of the 2D framework is examined in the companion paper through retrospective simulations of experimental and numerical data.

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