Numerical Modeling of Temperature-Dependent Behavior of Saturated Clay

  • Qi-Yin Zhu
  • Zhen-Yu Yin
  • Lian-Fei Kuang
Conference paper


The effect of temperature on the mechanical behavior of the soils around the special geo-structures, such as nuclear waste containers and energy piles can’t be neglected. In this paper, some temperature-controlled laboratory test results are selected and analyzed, based on which and the thermal induced changes of main mechanical features (e.g., shear strength, critical state line, preconsolidation pressure) are identified. A constitutive model is then developed to interpret the temperature dependent behavior of saturated clays under the framework of critical state theory. Only one temperature related parameter is added in the present model comparing with the Modified Cam Clay model, and this parameter can be directly obtained from the yield loci of the soil. The performance of the proposed model is demonstrated with simulating temperature tests under drained condition.


Constitutive model Temperature effect Critical state 



This research project is financially supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (41502271, 51504245, 41372285 and 51579179), and the Region Pays de la Loire of France (project RI-ADAPTCLIM).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory for Geomechanics and Deep Underground EngineeringChina University of Mining and TechnologyXuzhouChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Geotechnical and Underground Engineering of Ministry of Education, Department of Geotechnical EngineeringCollege of Civil Engineering, Tongji UniversityShanghaiChina
  3. 3.Research Institute of Civil Engineering and Mechanics (GeM)NantesFrance

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