E3S Web of Conf.
Volume 382, 20238th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils (UNSAT 2023)
|Number of page(s)
|Physical, Numerical and Constitutive Modelling - Part II
|24 April 2023
Finite element modelling of unsaturated soils using a modified version of the Barcelona Basic Model
1 Seequent, The Bentley Subsurface Company, Italy
2 Seequent, The Bentley Subsurface Company, The Netherlands
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In this paper, unsaturated soil behaviour is numerically simulated using a modified version of the Barcelona Basic Model. The model has been implemented as a User-Defined Soil Model (UDSM) in the finite element code PLAXIS. Unlike the original formulation based on net stress (), this model isformulated based on the well-known Bishop’s effective stress, with suction as an additional stress variable. Furthermore, a non-associated flow rule and the dependency on Lode’s angle proposed by  are incorporated. The Soil Water Characteristic Curve (SWCC) follows the Van Genuchten model (). First, the simulation of laboratory tests along different stress paths and levels of suction are compared againstexperimental data. Then, an unsaturated soil embankment subject to a time-dependent precipitation is simulated by means of a fully coupled flow-deformation analysis. The results show the capability of the model to reproduce the main features of unsaturated soil behaviour both at material point level and inboundary value problems.
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