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Generalized plasticity and the modelling of soil behaviour


Pastor, M and Zienkiewicz, OC and Chan, AHC, Generalized plasticity and the modelling of soil behaviour, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 14, (3) pp. 151-190. ISSN 0363-9061 (1990) [Refereed Article]

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1990 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1002/nag.1610140302


The paper outlines the theory of generalized plasticity in which yield and plastic potential surfaces need not be explicitly defined, and shows how a very effective general model describing the behaviour of sands and of clays under monotonic or transient loading can be developed. The model is currently one of the simplest and yet one of the most effective ones for describing the full range of behaviour. The hierarchical structure of the model limits the number of parameters which have to be experimentally determined for a given material to those strictly necessary for the problem at hand. A discussion of currently used models is included.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:generalised plasticity, cyclic loading, liquefaction, cyclic mobility, sand, constitutive equation
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Civil engineering
Research Field:Earthquake engineering
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction processes
Objective Field:Civil construction processes
UTAS Author:Chan, AHC (Professor Andrew Chan)
ID Code:103315
Year Published:1990
Web of Science® Times Cited:439
Deposited By:Office of the School of Engineering
Deposited On:2015-10-03
Last Modified:2015-11-10

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