The effect of spatial variability on soil behavior: Load-deformation response

Hyun Ki Kim*, J. Carlos Santamarina

*Corresponding author for this work

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Geotechnical properties vary in space with statistical parameters (mean, deviation, correlation length) that are characteristic for each sediment and formation history. The effects of spatial variability on the macro-scale mechanical properties of soils are investigated using Monte Carlo non-linear finite element simulations. Boundary conditions include radial loading, zero-lateral strain loading, and drained/undrained deviatoric loading. Numerical results show that internal heterogeneity leads to higher compressibility, lower horizontal load transfer, and lower shear resistance in both undrained and drained loading. Copyright ASCE 2006.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeoCongress 2006
Subtitle of host publicationGeotechnical Engineering in the Information Technology Age
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventGeoCongress 2006 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Feb 26 2006Mar 1 2006

Publication series

NameGeoCongress 2006: Geotechnical Engineering in the Information Technology Age


OtherGeoCongress 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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