Chemo-mechanical modeling of artificially and naturally bonded soils
Chemo-mechanical effects are known to be significant in a number of applications in modern geomechanics, ranging from slope stability assessment to soil improvement and CO2 sequestration. This work focuses on coupled chemo-mechanical modeling of bonded geomaterials undergoing either mechanical strengthening, due to increased cementation, or weakening, due to cement dissolution. A constitutive model is developed that accounts for the multi-scale nature of the chemo-mechanical problem, introducing some cross-scale functions establishing a relationship between the evolution of microscopic variables and the macroscopic material behavior, realistically following the evolution of the reactive surface area, cross-sectional area and the number of bonds along with dissolution/deposition. The model presented here builds up on a previously introduced framework. However, at variance with existing works, it is specialized on materials with only reactive bonds, such as carbonate cemented sandstone or microbially cemented silica sand. Model validation is provided upon reproducing different types of chemo-mechanical experimental datasets, on different naturally and artificially cemented materials, to establish the reliability of the proposed framework.
Gajo, A; Cecinato, F; Hueckel, T
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