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Directionally dependent strength and dilatancy behavior of soil–structure interfaces

Stutz, Hans Henning ORCID iD icon 1; Martinez, Alejandro
1 Institut für Bodenmechanik und Felsmechanik (IBF), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Soil–structure interfaces typically exhibit a shear behavior that is independent of the direction of relative displacement due to symmetry in the solid material's surface profile. This experimental study investigates the interface shear behavior of surfaces with asymmetric profiles inspired by the scales of snake skin. The results of shear box interface tests on two sandy soils indicate that the peak and residual interface shear strengths and dilatancy are greater when the soil is displaced against the sharp edges of the asperities (cranial direction) than when the soil is displaced along the asperities (caudal direction). The experimental results indicate that the effect of asperity geometry on the interface shear response can be captured with the ratio of asperity length to asperity height (L/H). Analysis of the stress–dilatancy behavior indicates that interfaces with a relatively short asperity length follow a classical flow rule developed for soils. However, the relationship between the mobilized stress ratio and the dilatancy rate is shown to be a function of the shearing direction and asperity geometry. Implementation of snake skin-inspired profiles on the surface of geotechnical structures may provide benefits in performance and efficiency during installation and service life. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000146836
Veröffentlicht am 31.05.2022
DOI: 10.1007/s11440-021-01199-5
Zitationen: 8
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Bodenmechanik und Felsmechanik (IBF)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 09.2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1861-1125, 1861-1133
KITopen-ID: 1000146836
Erschienen in Acta Geotechnica
Verlag Springer
Band 16
Heft 9
Seiten 2805–2820
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 28.04.2021
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