Evolution of Packing Structure in Cyclic Mobility and Post-liquefaction of Granular Soils

  • Jiangtao Wei
  • Gang WangEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering book series (SSGG)


Micromechanical change in packing structures can provide significant insights to better understand the cyclic mobility and post-liquefaction behaviors of granular soils. In this study, Discrete Element Method (DEM) is used to investigate the evolution of the packing structure under undrained cyclic loading. The coordination number is used to indicate the formation and destruction of a load-carrying structure in the post-liquefaction stage. A new index, termed as centroid distance, is proposed to quantify the effect of void and particle redistribution during cyclic loading. The new index is found to have a strong correlation with the mobilized maximum cyclic strain in post-liquefaction deformation.


Representative Volume Element Discrete Element Method Voronoi Cell Granular Soil Discrete Element Method Simulation 
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The study was financially supported by Research Project Competition (UGC/HKUST) grant No. RPC11EG27 and DAG11EG03G.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringThe Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyClear Water BayHong Kong

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