Investigation into macroscopic and microscopic behaviors of wet granular soils using discrete element method and X-ray computed tomography
1 Laboratoire Navier, UMR 8205, École des Ponts ParisTech, IFSTTAR, CNRS, Université Paris-Est, France
2 University of Danang, College of Technology, Department of Civil Engineering, Danang, Vietnam
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Published online: 30 June 2017
We present an investigation into macroscopic and microscopic behaviors of wet granular soils using the discrete element method (DEM) and the X-ray Computed Tomography (XRCT) observations. The specimens are first prepared in very loose states, with frictional spherical grains in the presence of a small amount of an interstitial liquid. Experimental oedometric tests are carried out with small glass beads, while DEM simulations implement a model of spherical grains joined by menisci. Both in experiments and in simulations, loose configurations with solid fraction as low as 0.30 are prepared under low stress, and undergo a gradual collapse in compression, until the solid fraction of cohesionless bead packs (0.58 to 0.6) is obtained. In the XRCT tests, four 3D tomography images corresponding to different typical stages of the compression curve are used to characterize the microstructure.
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