Yielding of rockfill in relative humidity-controlled triaxial experiments
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The paper reports the results of suction controlled triaxial tests performed on compacted samples of two well graded granular materials in the range of coarse sand-medium gravel particle sizes: a quartzitic slate and a hard limestone. The evolution of grain size distributions is discussed. Dilatancy rules were investigated. Dilatancy could be described in terms of stress ratio, plastic work input and average confining stress. The shape of the yield locus in a triaxial plane was established by different experimental techniques. Yielding loci in both types of lithology is well represented by approximate elliptic shapes whose major axis follows approximately the Ko line. Relative humidity was found to affect in a significant way the evolution of grain size distribution, the deviatoric stress-strain response and the dilatancy rules.
The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11440-016-0437-9
CitationAlonso, E., Romero, E., Ortega, E. Yielding of rockfill in relative humidity-controlled triaxial experiments. "Acta geotechnica (Berlin)", Juny 2016, vol. 11, núm. 3, p. 455-477.