Experimental investigation on the deformation characteristics of granular materials under drained rotational shear

Hai-Sui Yu, Lin-Tao Yang, Xia Li, Dariusz Wanatowski
2015 Geomechanics and Geoengineering  
This paper presents an experimental investigation revisiting the anisotropic stress-strainstrength behaviour of geomaterials in drained monotonic shear using Hollow Cylinder Apparatus. The test program has been designed to cover the effect of material anisotropy, preshearing, material density and intermediate principal stress on the behaviour of Leighton Buzzard sand. Experiments have also been performed on glass beads to understand the effect of particle shape. This paper explains
more » ... plains phenomenological observations based on recently acquired understanding in micromechanics, with attention focused on strength anisotropy and deformation non-coaxiality, i.e., non-coincidence between the principal stress direction and the principal strain rate direction. The test results demonstrate that the effects of initial anisotropy produced during sample preparation is significant. The stress-strain-strength behaviour of the specimen shows strong dependence on the principal stress direction. Pre-loading history, material density and particle shape are also found to be influential. In particular, it was found that non-coaxiality is more significant in preloaded specimens. The observations on the strength anisotropy and deformation non-coaxiality were successfully explained based on the Stress-Force-Fabric relationship. It was observed that intermediate principal stress ) has a significant effect on the non-coaxiality of sand. The lower the b-value, the higher the degree of non-coaxiality is induced. Visual inspection of shear band formed at the end of HCA testing has also been presented. The inclinations of the shear bands at different loading directions can be predicted well by taking account of the relative direction of the mobilized planes to the bedding plane.
doi:10.1080/17486025.2015.1006267 fatcat:cvy6p2gvrfgihdze6awdlaw2ty