E3S Web of Conf.
Volume 382, 20238th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils (UNSAT 2023)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Cyclic & Dynamic Behavior of Unsaturated Soils|
|Published online||24 April 2023|
An evaluation of the effect of matric suction on the dynamic strain-dependent parameters of an unsaturated silt
Sharif University of Technology, Department of Civil Engineering, Azadi Avenue, Tehran, Iran
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
This research investigates the influence of matric suction on the variation of shear modulus and damping ratio of a silty soil in very small to medium shear strain levels. A set of laboratory experiments including three bender elements tests in addition to three resonant column-torsional shear tests have been carried out on unsaturated Firuzkuh silt specimens. In this regard, an unsaturated triaxial cell equipped with a set of bender elements and a resonant column-torsional shear device that can apply and control matric suction have been used. All specimens had an initial void ratio of 0.7 and were tested in various matric suctions under a net mean stress of 50 kPa. For this purpose, the axis translation technique has been implemented for applying matric suction, and High Air Entry Value (HAEV) ceramic discs have been used for air-water control of unsaturated silt specimens. According to the results, a significant variation of shear modulus and damping ratio has been observed with changes in matric suction and shear strain level. The output data indicate that shear modulus increases with increasing matric suction while the damping ratio decreases with an increase in matric suction. In addition, shear modulus and damping ratio decrease and increase with increasing shear strain, respectively.
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