A microstructural cam clay model for hydro-mechanical behavior of unsaturated soils

M.P. Cordão Neto , B.C.F.L. Lopes, M.M.A. Mascarenha, E. Romero

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In this paper, two new state variables are included in a conventional elastoplastic model, Modified Cam-clay, to incorporate the influence of pore size distribution changes in the mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils. The first state variable allows capturing the influence of large pore changes in the mechanical behaviour, and is controlled by an evolution law that incorporates plastic volumetric strain. The second state variable is added to reproduce suction effects and the evolution of this variable is also controlled by plastic volumetric strain. The new approach is validated against a variety of experimental data of high porosity soils.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages13
JournalSoils and Rocks
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2017


  • high porosity soils
  • mechanical behaviou
  • unsaturated soils
  • new state variables

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