Elastic Behavior of Flexible Retaining Structures

by Igor Holubec,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1968, Vol. 94, Issue 6, Pg. 1215-1232

Document Type: Journal Paper


Elastic properties of a sand are studied in triaxial compression tests. It is shown that the elastic properties are only a function of the state of the soil as expressed by stress and void ratio; and that for samples with a given initial void ratio, the elastic properties vary both with deviator stress and mean normal stress. These elastic properties become anisotropic when a soil element is sheared, and this anisotropy appears to be a function of the stress ratio. Finally, an incremental elastic stress-strain relationship is presented.

Subject Headings: Elastic analysis | Structural behavior | Retaining structures | Stress strain relations | Soil stress | Soil compression | Triaxial tests | Compression tests

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