Trajectories of loose sand samples in the
Phase Space of Soil Mechanics :
Evesque: Lab MSSM, UMR
8579 CNRS, Ecole Centrale Paris, 92295 Châtenay-Malabry, France,
Abstract: In general, the evolution of soil submitted to simple
stress-strain paths is characterised using the 3d phase space (v,p',q) i.e.
(specific volume, mean intergranular pressure, deviatoric stress q=s'1-s'2.
When compressions is performed at s'2=s'3=cst or at p'= (s'1+s'2+s'3)/3=cst, one finds that all trajectories end up at a line of attracting
point called the critical-state line via the surface of Roscoe or of Hvorslev
depending if the initial volume is the loosest possible one (at a given p') or
denser. Trajectories of weakly dense samples is not often reported in this
phase space. We find here that it shall present some sigmoid shape as it can be
found from soil mechanics argument. This seems to indicate that Roscoe's
surface shall exhibit a singularity at the critical point.
poudres & grains 11 (4), 60-63 (décembre 2000)