Comparison of two creep degradation modeling approaches for soft structured soils

Zhen Yu Yin, Qi Yin Zhu, Dong Mei Zhang

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The creep degradation is a common phenomenon for soft structured clays. In this paper, the creep degradation behavior for soft structured clays is first studied by combining intrinsic creep behavior and the structure indicator. A creep-implicit model and a creep-explicit model corresponding to a stress-based and a creep-based structure indicators are developed, respectively, under one-dimensional condition. Parameters determination for both models is straightforward from oedometer tests. Coupled with consolidation theory, both models are used to simulate oedometer tests with different structural levels and load durations on three clays. The predictive ability of the two models on creep behavior, creep degradation behavior and evolution of structure indicator is analyzed. The relationship between the two structure indicators is discussed based on experimental results. The comparison between experimental and numerical results demonstrates that both models can accurately describe the creep degradation behavior of soft structured clay under one-dimensional loading.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1395-1413
Number of pages19
JournalActa Geotechnica
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Clays
  • Consolidation
  • Creep
  • Destructuration
  • Oedometer test
  • Viscoplasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

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