Influence of degradation of structure on the behaviour of a full scale embankment

S. Panayides, M. Rouainia, D. Muir Wood

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    The advanced constitutive model KHSM for structured clays, which incorporates the effects of loss of structure within an elastoplastic framework, has been implemented in a finite element procedure and used to investigate the failure height and pore-water pressures of embankment A constructed at Saint Alban, Quebec. For the purpose of model comparison, simulations were also performed using the standard bubble model (KHM) without destructuration. The numerical predictions of pore-water pressures and settlements are also compared with field measurements. The results clearly demonstrate the importance of including the effects of loss of structure in the analysis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)344-356
    Number of pages13
    JournalCanadian Geotechnical Journal
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


    • structured clays
    • constitutive models
    • numerical analysis
    • embankments
    • Full-scale tests
    • Failure


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