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Volume 382, 20238th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils (UNSAT 2023)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Physical, Numerical and Constitutive Modelling - Part II|
|Published online||24 April 2023|
A constitutive framework for the chemo-mechanical behaviour of unsaturated non-expansive clays
1 Politecnico di Milano, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, P.zza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133, Milano, Italy
2 Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Gothenburg, Sweden
3 Aalto University, Department of Civil Engineering, Rakentajanaukio 4A, 02150 Espoo, P.O. Box12100, Aalto 00076, Finland
4 Politecnico di Torino, Department of Structural, Geotechnical and Building Engineering (DISEG), Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Turin, Italy.
Both osmotic and matric suction changes have a significant influence on the mechanical behaviour of clays. Despite the different types of interactions at the microstructural level, both suctions havea relevant effect on the fabric of non-expansive clays. Starting from experimental observations at the laboratory scale, it is possible to identify some common features characterizing the mechanical response of non-expansive clays to salinity and degree of saturation changes. This paper presents an elastoplasticframework to reproduce the behaviour of unsaturated clayey soils upon changes in the salt concentration of the pore fluid. In particular, it presents a strategy to include osmotic suction induced by pore fluid salinity in BBM-like models . The model was implemented in the Thebes code and it was calibrated on experimental data performed on Boom clay  and remoulded loess .
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