Impact Waves in Sand: Implications of an Elementary Theory

by Blaine R. Parkin,


Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1961, Vol. 87, Issue 4, Pg. 147-166


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: Some implications of an elastic-plastic theory for the propagation of uni-dimensional compression waves in dry Ottawa sand are examined. The theory, which contains an explicit strain-rate effect, has previously been found to give good agreement with experiment. Results from it are compared with elastic and plastic theories of wave propagation in soils. Problems associated with the use and experimental determination of dynamic stress-strain curves are considered. Laws of similitude required by the present theory are examined. Tentative design data on the response of impact pressure gages are developed.

Subject Headings: Elastic analysis | Soil compression | Wave propagation | Sand (hydraulic) | Sandy soils | Elastoplasticity | Sand waves | Strain rates

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