Frontiers of Architecture and Civil Engineering in China

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 11–23

Continuous modeling of soil morphology —thermomechanical behavior of embankment dams


    • Institute for Geotechnical Engineering and Soil MechanicsTechnical University of Berlin
  • Krzysztof Wilmanski
    • Institute of Building EngineeringUniversity of Zielona Góra
Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11709-010-0081-7

Cite this article as:
Albers, B. & Wilmanski, K. Front. Archit. Civ. Eng. China (2011) 5: 11. doi:10.1007/s11709-010-0081-7


Macroscopic modeling of soils is based on a number of properties that refer to the mesoscopic morphology. The most fundamental parameters of this art are: 1) coupling parameters between partial stresses of components and deformations of components, 2) porosities, 3) saturation, and 4) permeability and diffusivity, tortuosity.

The main aim of this paper is to present in juxtaposition continuous one-, two-, and three-component models of geomaterials appearing in construction of embankment dams. In particular, the above mentioned features, especially saturation with water and seepage problems, modeling of fluidization yielding piping, and generalizations of the Darcy law and changes of porosity, are presented.


thermomechanical modelingsoil morphologysaturationporosity

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