The theme of this chapter is contained in a quote from the 1941 paper of M.A. Biot that clearly describes an RVE: “Consider a small cubic element of soil, its sides being parallel with the coordinate axes. This element is taken to be large enough compared to the size of the pores so that it may be treated as homogeneous, and at the same time small enough, compared to the scale of the macroscopic phenomena in which we are interested, so that it may be considered as infinitesimal in the mathematical treatment.”


Pore Pressure Bulk Modulus Representative Volume Element Unconfined Compression Pore Fluid Pressure 
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