Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE A

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Mesoscopic analysis of the utilization of hardening model for a description of softening behavior based on disturbed state concept theory



Mesoscopic characteristics of a clayey soil specimen subjected to macroscopic loading are examined using a medical-use computerized tomography (CT) instrument. Disturbed state concept (DSC) theory is based on the utilization of the hardening model. DSC indirectly describes material behavior by claiming that the actual response of the material is expressed in terms of the relative intact (RI) response and the fully adjusted (FA) response. The occurrence of mesoscopic structural changes of material has similarities with the occurrence of a macroscopic response of the material under loadings. In general, the relative changing value of a softening material is three to five times more than that of a hardening material. Whether special zones exist or not in a specimen cross section does not affect the following conclusion: hardening material and softening material show mechanical differences with CT statistical indices values prominently changing, and the change is related to the superposing of a disturbance factor. A new disturbance factor evolution function is proposed. Thus, mesoscopic statistical indices are introduced to describe macroscopic behavior through the new evolution function. An application of the new evolution function proves the effectiveness of the amalgamation of a macroscopic and a mesoscopic experimental phenomenon measurement methods.

Key words

Constitutive model Disturbed state concept (DSC) Computerized tomography (CT) Softening 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Guangzhou Metropolis Construction CommissionGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.College of Civil Engineering and ArchitectureInner Mongolia University of TechnologyHohhotChina

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