A Note on Finite Element Modelling of Unsaturated Consolidation Problems

  • C. Jommi
  • J. Vaunat
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 397)


A first comparison between the performance of different models which may be adopted in the finite element analysis of unsaturated consolidation problems is presented. The fully coupled governing equations are recalled and the numerical formulation is presented. The numerical examples, performed assuming an elastic behaviour for the soil skeleton, show how models written in terms of different stress variables sets may be equally adopted in the analysis. Special attention is payed to the numerical implementation of the fully coupled problem on the onset of saturation and desaturation.


Water Pressure Unsaturated Soil Saturation Degree Sand Column Oedometer Test 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Jommi
    • 1
  • J. Vaunat
    • 2
  1. 1.Polytechnic of MilanMilanItaly
  2. 2.Polytechnic University of CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain

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