An effective stress approach for hydro-mechanical coupling of unsaturated soils
1 Faculty of Engineering, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Centro Universitario, Cerro de las campanas, Qro., México
2 Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Centro Universitario, Avenida Francisco J. Mújica S/N, México
a Corresponding author: email@example.com
The simulation of the mechanical and hydraulic behaviour of soils is one of the most important tasks in soil mechanics. It is inaccurate to consider that the behaviour of saturated and unsaturated soils as if their governing laws were utterly different, this last condition is not sufficient to do so. However, unlike the laws governing the behaviour of saturated soils, those used to describe the behaviour of unsaturated soils lack the simplicity and predictability associated to the complexity of the phenomena that occur within these porous media. This is why it is important to establish a unified soil mechanics theory to reconcile saturated and unsaturated soil mechanics. In the present work, we describe a simple analytical equation to obtain effective stresses for any type of soil. The equation is coupled to an elastoplastic constitutive model which is capable to reproduce the stress-strain relationship of soil taking into account the hydro-dynamic coupling.
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