Evolution of the Soil Arching Effect in a Pile-Supported Embankment Considering the Influence of Particle Breakage

Ren Peng Chen, Qi Wei Liu, Han Lin Wang, Zhen Yu Yin, Huai Na Wu, Pei Wang, Fanyan Meng

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Abstract

In pile-supported embankments, particle breakage commonly has a significant influence on soil properties, governing the load transfer induced by the soil arching effect. Thus, the influence of particle breakage on the soil arching effect in pile-supported embankments needs to be considered, especially through the operation period. Based on the three-dimensional discrete element method simulation on a pile-supported embankment model, the influence of particle breakage on the evolution of the soil arching effect is unraveled, including the initial, arching, static load, cyclic load, and after cyclic load states. The results indicate that particle breakage leads to a more significant degradation of the soil arching effect under the static load. Three stages for the evolution of the soil arching effect can be identified in the case of particle breakage under the cyclic load: the destruction of the original soil arching, the relaxation of the fragment, and the reformation of a new soil arching. These three stages are sequential due to the successive particle breakage above the pile and the primary and secondary independent particle breakage above the subsoil from a microscopic perspective. The new soil arching is less effective than the original one. In addition, the accumulative settlement on the embankment surface increases under cyclic load due to particle breakage, while the differential settlement on the embankment surface changes slightly.

Original languageEnglish
Article number04023101
JournalInternational Journal of Geomechanics
Volume23
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2023

Keywords

  • Discrete element method
  • External load
  • Particle breakage
  • Pile-supported embankment
  • Soil arching effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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