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# Soil Parameters for Drained

## and Undrained Analysis and Undrained Analysis

Applied Theory
Dr Minna Karstunen
based on work by Dr H. Burd, University of Oxford
Introduction
The aim is to discuss the choice of parameters for the
Mohr-Coulomb model.
over the Mohr-Coulomb model (but require the
specification of a larger number of parameters)
Typical experimental methods currently used to measure Typical experimental methods currently used to measure
the soil parameters are briefly discussed.
It is also useful, however, to estimate values of soil
properties based on previous experience, and on
correlations with other soil parameters.
In carrying out any analysis in
geotechnical engineering it is usually
necessary to distinguish between drained
The soil may also be partially drained
which means that it lies between these two
extremes.
drained analysis appropriate when
permeability is high
short term behavior is not of interest for problem short term behavior is not of interest for problem
considered
undrained analysis appropriate when
short term behavior has to be assessed
Suggestion by Vermeer & Meier (1998)
T < 0.10 (U < 10%) undrained analysis
T > 0.40 (U > 70%) drained analysis
t
D
E k
T
2
w
oed
= == =
k = permeability
E
oed
= stiffness in 1-d compression

w
= unit weight of water
D = drainage length
t = construction time
T = dimensionless time factor
U = degree of consolidation
Drained Analysis
Drained analysis may be carried out by
using a constitutive model based on
effective stresses in which the material
model is specified in terms of drained model is specified in terms of drained
parameters.
Modelling Undrained Behavior with
PLAXIS
Method A (analysis in terms of effective stresses):
type of material behaviour: undrained
effective strength parameters (MC: c', ', )
effective stiffness parameters (MC: E
50
', )
Method B (analysis in terms of effective stresses):
Need to be
careful in case
of stiff OC
clays!
Method B (analysis in terms of effective stresses):
type of material behaviour: undrained
total strength parameters c = c
u
, = 0, = 0
effective stiffness parameters E
50
', '
Method C (analysis in terms of total stresses):
type of material behaviour: drained
total strength parameters c = c
u
, = 0, = 0
total stiffness parameters E
u
,
u
= 0.495
Mohr Coulomb Model for Drained
and Undrained Analysis
required to specify the Mohr-Coulomb model.
These are; two strength parameters (c' and ' ),
a dilation angle () and two elastic parameters.
For undrained calculations, a separate failure
model based on an undrained shear strength, c
u
,
is used. Note that c
u
is not a fundamental
property of the soil; it depends on the stress
level and also the stress history.
Mohr Coulomb Model for Drained
and Undrained Analysis
Drained or
Undrained
(Approach A)
Undrained
(Approach C)
(Approach A)
(Approach C)
Mohr Coulomb Model for Drained
and Undrained Analysis
To analyse a problem using the Mohr-Coulomb
model, appropriate values of the material
parameters must be selected to provide a good
match with the soil being modelled.
The selection of these parameters is
complicated by the fact that real soil behaviour
often departs considerably from the fundamental
assumptions on which the Mohr-Coulomb model
is based.
The Mohr-Coulomb Model and
Real Soil Behaviour
a) Most real soils do not exhibit linear elastic behaviour
prior to failure
G
/
G
[
-
]
0
1
Retaining walls
Foundations
G
/
G
[
-
]
0
1
Retaining walls
Foundations
Shear strain [-]

Dynamic methods
Local gauges
Conventional soil testing
S
h
e
a
r
m
o
d
u
l
u
s
G
/
10
-6
10
-5
10
-4
10
-3
10
-2
10
-1
0
Tunnels
Foundations
Larger strains
Very
small
strains Small strains
Shear strain [-]

Dynamic methods
Local gauges
Conventional soil testing
S
h
e
a
r
m
o
d
u
l
u
s
G
/
10
-6
10
-5
10
-4
10
-3
10
-2
10
-1
0
Tunnels
Foundations
Larger strains
Very
small
strains Small strains
The Mohr-Coulomb Model and
Real Soil Behaviour
b) The stiffness of soil tends to increase with
increasing stress level. In PLAXIS the stiffness can
be specified to increase linearly with depth below
the soil surface. the soil surface.
The Mohr-Coulomb Model and
Real Soil Behaviour
Triaxial compression test on a sample of Leighton Buzzard sand
The Mohr-Coulomb Model and
Real Soil Behaviour
d) The friction angle
of a sand
depends on its
density and
stress level. The stress level. The
choice of '
needs careful
consideration of
these factors.
The Mohr-Coulomb Model and
Real Soil Behaviour
Drained Triaxial Test
Undrained Triaxial Test
Pressuremeter Test
(

|
|

\
|
+ + =
u
u ho L
c
G
c P ln 1
The undrained shear strength may be calculated from the limiting cavity
pressure P
L
(for details see Clarke (1995).

\ u
For penetration in clays, the
tip resistance q
t
is given by:
Cone Penetrometer Test
vo u kt t
c N q + =
where
vo
is the total vertical
stress in the soil at the level of
the cone and N
kt
is an empirical
factor, typically in the range of 10
to 20. For further details, see
Lunne et al, (1997).
vo u kt t
Correlations for Undrained
Shear Strength (c
u
) Shear Strength (c
u
)
Undrained Shear Strength from
MC Parameters
|
|

\
|
|

\
|
+
+ = '
2
1
' cot ' ' sin
0
v u
K
c c
Example: Undrained parameters
from MC
|
|

\
|
|

\
|
+
+ = '
2
1
' cot ' ' sin
0
v u
K
c c
Example: Undrained parameters
from MC
In this example:
where c
uo
=4.698 kPa and = 2.326 kPa/m.
z c c
uo u
+ =
Example: Undrained parameters
from MC
Note that the correlation is unlikely to give an accurate
shear strength profile for an overconsolidated clay. A
better estimate is obtained with Critical State models.
For an incompressible material, the undrained For an incompressible material, the undrained
Poissons ratio would be 0.5 (Method C). However, this
value cannot be used for finite element calculations,
because it would result in an infinite value of bulk
modulus. A suitable value of undrained Poissons
ration for use in FE analyses is
u
=0.495. In this case,
the appropriate value of undrained Youngs modulus
would be 5537 kPa.
Correlations for s
u
based on
Cam Clay
A useful correlation that is based on Cam Clay theory
(and confirmed by the results of laboratory testing) is:
( )

OCR
c c
u u
|
|

\
|
=
' '
where
vi
is the vertical effective stress at the start of
ratio) is equal to
p
/
vi
, where
p
is the vertical
(effective) preconsolidation stress.
According to data collected by Muir Wood (1990) is
close to 0.8 and (c
u
/
vi
)
NC
lies between 0.1 and 0.35.

NC
vi vi
|

\
' '
Example
At an OC clay site, the
water table is at the ground
surface.
The preconsolidation
stresses correspond to the stresses correspond to the
application of a vertical
effective stress of 500 kPa
at the ground surface.
Take (c
u
/
vi
)NC as 0.2,
as 0.8 and the submerged
unit weight of the soil as 8
kPa/m.
c
u
from Index Tests
P L
P
L
w w
w w
I

=
) 1 (
100 2
L
I
u
c

=
NOTE: This is
remoulded strength
(intact strength can
be much higher)
c
u
of London Clay
c
u
of London Clay
Friction and Dilations Angles
for Sand for Sand
Correlations for Friction Angle
Bolton (1986) proposes a relationship
8 . 0 ' ' + =
cv
where
cv
is the critical state friction angle
and is the angle of dilation.
Correlations for Friction Angle
A study by Bolton (1986 and 1987) on
published sand test data, suggested that the
maximum dilation rate of a sand depends on
a relative density index I
R
: a relative density index I
R
:
kPa p for
p
I I
D R
150 ' 1
150
'
ln 5 >
(

\
|
=
kPa p for I I
D R
150 ' 1 5 < =
min max
max
e e
e e
I
D

=
Correlations for Friction Angle
The following correlations were found by
Bolton to give a good fit to the available
database of test results:
R cv peak
I 5 ' ' =
R cv peak
I 3 ' ' =
for plane strain
for triaxial test
For quartz sand, the critical state friction angle
cv
is
approximately 33 degrees.
Correlations for Friction Angle
Determining the relative density of a sand deposit is rather difficult. For
correlations that relate cone resistance to relative density are described in
Lunne et al. 1997.
Estimation of Stiffness
Stiffness of Clay
Option 1 - Use E
50
. For problems here relatively large
strains are expected (e.g. for foundation bearing capacity
and studies of the deformation of soft soil beneath an
embankment).
Option 2 - Use a small strain Young's modulus. If the
problem involves the calculation of deformations of stiff problem involves the calculation of deformations of stiff
clay under working conditions (e.g. the analysis of the
interaction between a tunnel liner and the surrounding
ground)
ur
. If
case, for example, in an excavation problem)
Measurement of Stiffness in the
Triaxial test
Not accurate for strains below 1%
Measurement of Stiffness in the
Triaxial test
Correlations for Stiffness
Jardine et al. (1984) conducted a series of
triaxial tests on a range of soils, using local
gauges to measure strains.
Correlations for Stiffness
Jardine et al. (1984)
Correlations for Stiffness
by Duncan & by Duncan &
Buchignani (1976).
Data correspond to
strain values of
Correlations for Stiffness
Data from Termaat, Vermeer and Vergeer
(1985) may be used to suggest the following
correlation for normally consolidated (Dutch)
clay: clay:
P
u
u
I
c
E
15000
50

Case
Studies
Stiffness profile for
various London clay
site (Matthews et al,
2000, re-plotted by
Simon and Menzies
2000)
Case Studies
Scott et al. (1999)
Stiffness Anisotropy
Recent studies on natural clays (normally
consolidated and overconsolidated)
suggest that their stiffness may be
anisotropic. Typical data for London clay anisotropic. Typical data for London clay
can be found e.g. in Gasparre et al. (2007)
Stiffness of Sands
Based on data on undrained triaxial testing
of sandfs at different densities by Tokheim
(1976) and Leahy (1984)Loose sand
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