Simulation of the cone penetration test: Discrete and continuum approaches

A. Gens, Marcos Arroyo, J. Butlanska, L. Monforte, J. M. Carbonell, M. Ciantia, C. O'Sullivan

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Abstract

The paper presents the modelling of the cone penetration test using two procedures: a discrete approach and a continuum approach. The discrete approach is based on the Discrete Element Method where a granular material is represented by an assembly of separate particles. Cone penetration has been simulated for both uncrushable and crushable sands. For the continuum approach, the Particle Finite Element Method has been adapted in order to overcome the difficulties posed by the occurrence of large displacements as well as by the geometrical, material and contact nonlinearities of the problem. Both single phase and two-phase (coupled hydromechanical) formulations have been developed and applied. Although not exempt of problems, both approaches yield realistic results leading to the possibility of a closer examination and an enhanced understanding of the mechanisms underlying cone penetration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterisation, ISC 2016
PublisherAustralian Geomechanics Society
Pages125-134
Number of pages10
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9780994626110
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event5th International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterisation, ISC 2016 - Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 5 Sep 20169 Sep 2016

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterisation, ISC 2016
CountryAustralia
CityGold Coast
Period5/09/169/09/16

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    Gens, A., Arroyo, M., Butlanska, J., Monforte, L., Carbonell, J. M., Ciantia, M., & O'Sullivan, C. (2016). Simulation of the cone penetration test: Discrete and continuum approaches. In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterisation, ISC 2016 (Vol. 1, pp. 125-134). Australian Geomechanics Society.