Acta Mechanica

, Volume 225, Issue 7, pp 2043–2057 | Cite as

Effect of fabric method on instability behavior of granular material

  • Noureddine Della
  • Mostefa Belkhatir
  • Ahmed Arab
  • Jean Canou
  • Jean-Claude Dupla


It is well known that the specimen preparation method and the resulting sand fabric significantly affect sand behavior and sand liquefaction resistance. In many cases, the fabric and behavior of reconstituted sand samples do not represent those of in-situ deposits. Therefore, understanding the influence of specimen preparation and sand fabric on its behavior, particularly at the critical state, is important for relating the behavior of laboratory reconstituted specimens to in-situ soil response. In this study, the effect of sand fabric and specimen preparation method on the shearing behavior of sand is studied using triaxial shear tests. Dry funnel pluviation (DFP) and wet tamping (WT) are used to prepare the specimens. The results from instability lines and stress–strain curves indicate that the liquefaction resistance of specimens prepared with the DFP method is more than specimens reconstituted by the WT method.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Noureddine Della
    • 1
  • Mostefa Belkhatir
    • 1
  • Ahmed Arab
    • 1
  • Jean Canou
    • 2
  • Jean-Claude Dupla
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Materials Sciences and Environment (LMSE), Civil Engineering DepartmentUniversity Hassiba Benbouali of ChlefChlefAlgeria
  2. 2.Laboratoire Navier-géotechnique (CERMES)Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées de Paris (ENPC)Marne-la-Vallée Cedex 2France

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