Modelling of fall-cone tests with strain-rate effects
Paper i proceeding, 2017

© 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.Material Point Method (MPM) is a numerical method, which is well suited for large displacement simulations. Large displacements problems are relatively common in geotechnics, including post-failure behaviour of landslides as well as a wide range of problems involving penetration into the soil body. One of those problems is the fall-cone test, commonly used to establish the undrained shear strength and the sensitivity of saturated fine grained soils. This paper shows a Generalized Interpolation Material Point Method (GIMP) simulation replicating published free-fall cone experiment performed on a kaolin clay. In the fall-cone tests, the penetration characteristics of the cone, such as velocity and total penetration depth depend on the soil properties. Those properties are affected greatly by the strain-rate which must be accounted for in a numerical simulation. Hence, the simulations shown uses a Mohr-Coulomb / Tresca material extended with strain-rate effects. The presentednumerical simulations are compared with the published fall-cone experiment in whichdisplacement and force were measured. The comparison indicates that Generalized Interpolation Material Point Method and Mohr-Coulomb / Tresca model extended with strain-rate effects areableto replicate the fall-cone penetration test very well.

generalized interpolation material point method

fallcone test

strain rate effects


Q.A. Tran


W. Solowski


Minna Karstunen

Chalmers, Bygg- och miljöteknik, Geologi och geoteknik

L. Korkiala-Tanttu


Procedia Engineering

18777058 (ISSN)

Vol. 175 293-301


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