Canadian Geotechnical Journal

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ISSN / EISSN : 0008-3674 / 1208-6010
Published by: Canadian Science Publishing (10.1139)
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Fanlin Ling, Shuying Wang, Qinxin Hu, Shuo Huang, Zhiyao Feng
Canadian Geotechnical Journal;

During earth pressure balance (EPB) shield tunnelling in sandy ground, not only foam but also other conditioning agents need to be injected to reduce the permeability of muck and avoid water spewing out of the screw conveyor. Permeability tests were carried out to study the permeability characteristics of conditioned sand under high hydraulic gradients. A low bentonite slurry injection ratio (BIR) enhanced the workability of foam-conditioned sand. As the hydraulic gradient increased, the initial permeability coefficient of conditioned sand increased, and the initial stable period became shorter or disappeared. The BIR had a more significant effect on the permeability of conditioned sand than the foam injection ratio (FIR), and this effect gradually weakened as the hydraulic gradient increased. The initial permeability coefficient of the foam-bentonite slurry-conditioned sand decreased by approximately an order of magnitude compared with that of the foam-conditioned sand. With the addition of bentonite slurry, suitable sand conditioning can accept a higher water content (w) and lower FIR, resulting in suitable ranges of w and FIR that are more flexible. Finally, the mechanism of stabilizing foam under the action of bentonite slurry was discussed by considering the interaction between foam bubbles and fine particles.
, Andreas Stoecklin, Alexander M. Puzrin
Canadian Geotechnical Journal;

Landslides are often triggered by earthquakes and can cause immense damage due to large mass movements. To model such large-deformation events, the material point method (MPM) has become increasingly popular in recent years. A limitation of existing MPM implementations is the lack of appropriate boundary conditions to perform seismic response analysis of slopes. In this article, an extension to the basic MPM framework is proposed for simulating the seismic triggering and subsequent collapse of slopes within a single analysis step. Original implementations of a compliant base boundary and free-field boundary conditions in the MPM framework are presented, enabling the application of input ground motions while accounting for the absorption of outgoing waves and the free-ground movement at the lateral boundaries. An example slope is analysed to illustrate the proposed procedure and to benchmark it against the results obtained using an independent simulation technique, based on a three-step FE analysis. The comparison generally shows a good agreement of the results obtained from the two independent procedures and highlights advantages of the presented “all-in-one” MPM approach, in particular for long duration strong motions.
, Mandeep Singh, Thanh Trung Nguyen, Serge Leroueil, Aruni Abeywickrama, Richard Kelly, Tim Neville
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, Hongjian Cai, Yi Hong, Dechun Lu
Canadian Geotechnical Journal;

Fine-grained marine sediments often contain gas bubbles that can cause many geotechnical problems. This soil has a composite structure with gas bubbles fitting within the saturated soil matrix. The gas cavity has a detrimental effect on the soil stiffness and strength when they are filled with undissolved gas only. The gas cavity can be filled with gas and pore water due to ‘bubble flooding’. Bubble flooding has a beneficial effect on the soil stiffness and undrained shear strength because it makes the saturated soil matrix partially drained under a globally undrained condition. A critical state constitutive model for gassy clay is presented which accounts for the composite structure of the soil and bubble flooding. The gas cavity is assumed to have a detrimental effect on the plastic hardening of the saturated soil matrix. Some of the bubbles can be flooded by pore water from the saturated soil matrix which leads to higher mean effective stress of the saturated soil matrix. Consequently, both soil stiffness and strength increase. Only one new parameter is introduced to model the detrimental effect of gas bubbles on plastic hardening. The model has been validated by the results of three gassy clays.
Fauzan Sahdi, Joe Tom, , Mark Fraser Bransby, Christophe Gaudin, Phillip Watson
Canadian Geotechnical Journal;

Offshore infrastructure often interacts cyclically with the seabed over the operational life of a project. Previous research on the evolution of soil’s undrained strength under long term, large-amplitude cyclic loading has focused on contractile clays and demonstrated that this cyclic interaction can lead to the initial generation and later dissipation of positive excess pore pressure in the soil. This process generally leads to an initial strength reduction, with subsequent densification and soil strength gains that can have consequences on the performance of seabed infrastructure during its design life. In this paper, new experimental data from T-bar penetrometer testing in reconstituted kaolin and Gulf of Mexico clays is presented. The data illustrate how the stress history, quantified via the overconsolidation ratio, affects soil strength changes during large-amplitude cyclic loading. The experiments explore both long-term continuous loading cycles and episodic loading with packets of undrained cycles followed by quiescent consolidation periods. A critical state-based framework is used to interpret the experimental data and provide predictions of the long-term steady-state strength of both soils as a function of the initial in situ state of the soil.
Hervé Vicari, C.W.W. Ng, Steinar Nordal, Vikas Thakur, W.A. Roanga K. De Silva, Haiming Liu,
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The destructive nature of debris flows is mainly caused by flow bulking from entrainment of an erodible channel bed. To arrest these flows, multiple flexible barriers are commonly installed along the predicted flow path. Despite the importance of an erodible bed, its effects are generally ignored when designing barriers. In this study, three unique experiments were carried out in a 28 m-long flume to investigate the impact of a debris flow on both single and dual flexible barriers installed in a channel with a 6 m-long erodible soil bed. Initial debris volumes of 2.5 m3 and 6 m3 were modelled. For the test setting adopted, a small upstream flexible barrier before the erodible bed separates the flow into several surges via overflow. The smaller surges reduce bed entrainment by 70% and impact force on the terminal barrier by 94% compared to the case without an upstream flexible barrier. However, debris overflowing the deformed flexible upstream barrier induces a centrifugal force that results in a dynamic pressure coefficient that is up to 2.2 times higher than those recommended in guidelines. This suggests that although compact upstream flexible barriers can be effective for controlling bed entrainment, they should be carefully designed to withstand higher impact forces.
Srikanth S.C. Madabhushi, Stuart K. Haigh
Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Volume 58, pp 1558-1570;

Dual row retaining walls can form efficient port and embankment structures, or even be used as coastal defence against tsunamis. The system of parallel sheet pile walls can have a large lateral capacity within serviceability limit states due to the combined strength and stiffness of the walls and confined soil. Optimising the design by reducing the wall section and ensuring greater utilisation of the soil capacity has economic and environmental benefits but requires a deeper understanding of the dynamic soil–structure interaction. Centrifuge modelling and numerical modelling are used to elucidate the mechanics of two systems with relatively flexible and stiff walls. Considering the fraction of the wall’s plastic moment capacity mobilised alongside the peak deflections illustrates the advantages of using relatively flexible retaining walls in these systems. More fundamentally, the importance of vertical variations of both the stress and strain during the horizontal dynamic loading is shown. The limiting horizontal stresses and phasing of the stress components around the walls are better understood by considering the mobilisation of earth pressure coefficients, reinforcing previous work that recommends a move away from conventionally defined limiting dynamic earth pressure coefficients.
Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Volume 58, pp 1603-1610;

This paper uses the results of a series of laboratory tests with cyclic principal stress rotation to assess the suitability of a number of empirical equations for estimating the development of plastic settlements in railway track foundations. The laboratory tests were carried out on three sand–clay mixes representative of railway track foundation materials, in both free-to-drain and undrained conditions. The results of a non-linear regression analysis demonstrate that the drainage conditions are the key factor affecting the estimation accuracy of the models, with the clay content playing a secondary role. The correlation coefficient was generally higher in free-to-drain than in undrained conditions and reduced slightly with increasing clay content.
, Anhui Wang, Xuanming Ding
Canadian Geotechnical Journal;

A series of shaking table model tests were performed to examine the effects of deep cement mixing (DCM) columns with different reinforcement depths on the seismic behavior of a pile group in liquefiable sand. Due to the DCM column reinforcement, the fundamental natural frequency of the model ground increases noticeably. The excess pore pressure of soils reduces with the increase of reinforcement depths of the DCM columns. Before liquefaction, the acceleration response of soils in the improved cases is obviously lower than that in the unimproved case, but the acceleration attenuation is greater after liquefaction in the unimproved case. Moreover, the lateral displacement of the superstructure, the settlement of the raft, and the bending moment of the piles in the improved cases are significantly reduced compared to those in the unimproved case, and the reduction ratios rise with the increase of reinforcement depth of the DCM columns. However, reinforcement by the DCM columns may result in the variation of the location of the maximum moment that occurs in the pile.
Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Volume 58, pp 1437-1451;

Drilling for foundation piles and tieback anchors through soils using a continuous casing to support the borehole is often referred to as “overburden drilling”. Monitoring data from several case studies show that overburden drilling may cause considerable short-term ground settlements indicating a loss of soil volume around the casings. However, further insight is required to understand the mechanisms that govern overburden drilling. Novel physical model tests were carried out to investigate the effects of varying parameters such as flushing media (water or air), flow and penetration rate on the penetration force, pore pressure changes, soil displacements, and drill cutting transport. Tests with water flushing indicate a clear relation between the flow and penetration rate and the resulting influence on the surrounding ground. Increasing flow rates caused larger excess pore pressures at greater radial distances and generated more excess drill cuttings compared to the theoretical casing volume. The obtained results were translated into a non-dimensional framework to estimate optimal flushing parameters in similar conditions. The air flushing tests were considerably limited by the modelling constraints. Notable reduction of pore pressures adjacent to the casing indicate an air-lift pump effect that can lead to extensive ground movements as observed in the field.
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