A Three Dimensional Discrete Constitutive Model for Over Coarse Grained Soil

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Part of the Sustainable Civil Infrastructures book series (SUCI)


Over Coarse Grained Soil is widely used as filling material for subgrade in mountainous highway, and the settlement and stabilization of high embankment settlement is critical to operation safety of mountainous highway. The constitutive relationship of over coarse grained soil is theoretical basis for settlement and stability analysis. So a rigid contact model for over coarse grained soil particles is established combined with the distribution of contact force and normal of contact force based on the research of contact characteristics of particles and ignoring the deformation of particle. The local constitutive model is acquired after analyzing the relationship between contact force of particles and local stress in over coarse grained soil. Furthermore, a three dimensional discrete constitutive model is built up. It is proved through discrete constitutive model that the fabric will change during the deformation of over coarse grained soil which results the change of physical and mechanical characteristics. The change of fabric affects the macro mechanical responses characteristics of over coarse grained soil.


Embankment subgrade Over course grained soils Discrete granular soil particle Fabric Constitutive model 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial supports from the National Science and Technology Support Plan under Grant No. 2015BAK09B01, from the National key research and development plan under Grant No. 2016YFC0802203, from the Natural Science Foundation Project of Chongqing Science & Technology Commission of China under Grant No. CSTC2013jcyj A300081, respectively.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Local Joint Engineering Laboratory for Road Engineering and Disaster Prevention and Reduction Technology in Mountainous AreasChongqingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.National Engineering & Research Center for Highways in Mountain AreaChongqingPeople’s Republic of China

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