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Virtual Calibration Chambers (VCC) are 3D-DEM models where cone penetration is simulated. They offer the possibility of substituting for the rather more expensive physical calibration chambers. One important issue in calibration chamber interpretation is the possibility of chamber size effect under different boundary conditions. The aim of this study was to explore chamber size effects under BC1 and BC3 conditions on the VCC. The chamber and cone diameters and boundary conditions were varied to investigate their effects on cone tip resistance. The scaling laws that are obtained from the VCC results are then compared with those previously obtained with physical calibration chambers.
CitationButlanska, J.; Arroyo, M.; Gens, A. Size effects on a virtual calibration chamber. A: European Conference on Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering. "Seventh European Conference on Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering". Trondheim: CRC Press. Taylor & Francies Group, 2010, p. 225-230.
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