This paper presents a systematic approach for relating fundamental (soil element) strength-degradation models with cyclic fullflow penetration tests. The approach is then employed to enhance the commonly-used exponential strain-softening model by adding a parameter that regulates the slope of degradation. Using the developed methodology, a new relationship between ξ95 and N95 (the shear strain and cycle number associated with 95% degradation in strength and penetration resistance, respectively) is established for the enhanced strainsoftening model. The additional parameter of the enhanced model is optimized against various cyclic field test results and found to be roughly constant. It is demonstrated that the new model independently reproduces the field test results when introduced into advanced numerical analyses of cyclic penetration tests.
|Journal||Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering - ASCE|
|State||Published - 1 Mar 2016|
- Cyclic penetration test
- Strain softening
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Science (all)
- Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology