A Model to Predict Strain Rate Dependency of Dry Silica Sand in Triaxial Compression

Eduardo Suescun-Florez, Magued Iskander, Stephan Bless

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A new method is proposed and evaluated to model the effect of strain rate on sand during triaxial compression. Triaxial compression tests were conducted on dry silica sand with rates of 0.1–10 %/s at 100–400 kPa confining pressures. Rate effects become significant at the higher confining pressures. It is found that a modified strain–energy–density approach provides a useful means to interpolate and extrapolate constant strain rate triaxial data to other strain rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-461
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015



  • Granular
  • Sand
  • Shear strength
  • Soft matter
  • Strain energy density
  • Strain rate
  • Triaxial compression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Mechanics of Materials

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