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Non-linear elasto-plastic behaviour of lacustrine clay


The paper presents the experimental investigation and analysis of the non-linear elasto-plastic stress-strain behaviour of normally consolidated lacustrine clay. Drained triaxial stress path tests were performed on natural block samples of Swiss lacustrine clay. Data were analysed using plasticity theory and the shape and extent of kinematic yield and bounding surfaces were determined and found to be elliptical but not congruent. Cross-anisotropic elasticity was used to quantify elastic strains to permit plastic strain increment vectors and hence a plastic potential surface to be defined.


Messerklinger, Sophie and Springman, Sarah M.

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SoilGroup; lacustrine clay; elastic properties; anisotropy; nonlinear elasticity; Messerklinger, Sophie; Springman, Sarah M.

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Date published: 2010