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Granular Matter

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PFC/FLAC coupled simulation of dynamic compaction in granular soils

  • Mincai Jia
  • Ye Yang
  • Bo Liu
  • Shaohai Wu
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Abstract

This paper presents the PFC/FLAC coupled method to simultaneously reveal the macro- and micro-mechanisms of granular soils during dynamic compaction. A good agreement was found between the numerical simulation and model test. By analyzing the soil displacement field, motion of tracer particles, and evolution of local porosity, the dynamic densification process of granular soils was reproduced. The results show that soil deformations under dynamic compaction can be divided into two modes: the punching deformation caused by the wedging effect of a conical core based on the bearing capacity mechanism, and the compaction deformation induced by the propagation of dynamic waves based on the densification mechanism. The dynamic compaction process is composed of two phases: compaction because of the transient impact and compaction because of the vibration of soil particles.

Keywords

Dynamic compaction PFC/FLAC coupled analysis Dynamic response Densification mechanism 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors thank the NSFC for the financial support of the first author (Grant number 40972214). Furthermore, the authors would like to thank the reviewers and Prof. Mingjing Jiang for their constructive comments and suggestions that contribute to improve the quality of this paper.

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Conflict of interest

We declare that we do not have any commercial or associative interest that represents a conflict of interest in connection with the work submitted.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geotechnical EngineeringTongji UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co. LTDChengduChina

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