## Abstract

The problem of the symmetric quasi-static large-strain expansion of a cavity in an infinite granular body is studied. The body is assumed to be dry or fully drained so that the presence of the pore water can be disregarded. Both spherical and cylindrical cavities are considered. Numerical solutions to the boundary value problem are obtained with the use of the hypoplastic constitutive relation calibrated for a series of granular soils. As the radius of the cavity increases, the stresses and the density on the cavity surface asymptotically approach limit values corresponding to a so-called critical state. For a given soil, the limit values depend on the initial stresses and the initial density. A comparison is made between the solutions for different initial states and different soils. Applications to geotechnical problems such as cone penetration test and pressuremeter test are discussed.

Originalsprache | Englisch |
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Seiten (von - bis) | 473-495 |

Seitenumfang | 23 |

Fachzeitschrift | International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics |

Jahrgang | 25 |

Ausgabenummer | 5 |

DOIs | |

Publikationsstatus | Veröffentlicht - 25 Apr. 2001 |

Extern publiziert | Ja |