Numerical Investigation of the Interface Shear Behaviors Between Double Soil Layers Using PFC2D

  • Zhong-Liang Zhang
  • Zhen-Dong CuiEmail author
  • Ling-Zi Zhao
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The influence of the interface morphology and stiffness ratio of the deformation modulus of upper and lower layers on the stress-shear displacement curves and shear strength parameters were investigated with numerical shear tests in PFC2D. The shear strength of the specimen increases with the increase of the normal stress. The lager the normal stress, the later the peak shear stress would appear. In case of saw teeth at the interface, the peak values of the shear stress appear in the end of the shear tests. The increase of the stiffness ratio can cause the connection fracture in the lower layer particles with smaller stiffness and reduce the thickness of the shear band. The smaller saw teeth size and stiffness ratio, the larger the shear stress.


Double soil layers Interface Shear test Saw teeth Stiffness ratio 



This work was funded by the National Key R&D Program of China (2016YFC0600903).


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  • Zhong-Liang Zhang
    • 1
  • Zhen-Dong Cui
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ling-Zi Zhao
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory for Geomechanics and Deep Underground Engineering, School of Mechanics and Civil EngineeringChina University of Mining and TechnologyXuzhouChina

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