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Effect of consolidation ratios on maximum dynamic shear modulus of sands

Yuan Xiaoming (袁晓铭)1, Sun Jing (孙 静)2 and Sun Rui (孙 锐)1

  1. Institution of Engineering Mechanics, China Earthquake Administration, Harbin 150080, China
  2. Harbin Institution of Technology, Harbin 150090, China

Abstract: The dynamic shear modulus (DSM) is the most basic soil parameter in earthquake or other dynamic loading conditions and can be obtained through testing in the field or in the laboratory. The effect of consolidation ratios on the maximum DSM for two types of sand is investigated by using resonant column tests. And, an increment formula to obtain the maximum DSM for cases of consolidation ratio kc>1 is presented. The results indicate that the maximum DSM rises rapidly when kc is near 1 and then slows down, which means that the power function of the consolidation ratio increment kc-1 can be used to describe the variation of the maximum DSM due to kc>1. The results also indicate that the increase in the maximum DSM due to kc>1 is significantly larger than that predicted by Hardin and Black’s formula.

Keywords: consolidation ratio; maximum dynamic shear modulus; increment formula; sands


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