Influence of grain breakage on critical state

Wei Hu, Zhen Yu Yin, Christophe Dano, Pierre Yves Hicher

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This paper aims to investigate the influence of grain breakage on the position of the critical state line (CSL). Existing measures of the amount of grain breakage are discussed and a new measure named "relative uniformity" based on the evolution of the uniformity coefficient is proposed. Triaxial tests with different stress paths on granular materials made of limestone grains are carried out. Based on the obtained results, a method for determining the modified relative breakage index and the relative uniformity is proposed using plastic work. A relation between grain breakage measures and the position of the critical state line is then proposed for describing the influence of grain breakage on mechanical properties.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstitutive Modeling of Geomaterials
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances and New Applications
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9783642328138
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering
ISSN (Print)1866-8755
ISSN (Electronic)1866-8763


  • Critical state
  • Grain breakage
  • Limestone grains

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Mechanics of Materials


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