Journal article

Post-erosion mechanical response of internally unstable soil of varying size and flow regime

Amirhassan Mehdizadeh, Mahdi Miri Disfani, Thomas Shire

CANADIAN GEOTECHNICAL JOURNAL | CANADIAN SCIENCE PUBLISHING | Published : 2021

Abstract

One of the leading causes of dam failure is internal erosion. The impact of erosion of non-plastic fine particles, known as suffusion, on the soil structure and strength has been studied experimentally. However, influences including sample size have not been thoroughly investigated. Internally unstable gap-graded cohesionless soil samples with various sizes were investigated using an erosion-triaxial apparatus. Samples were subjected to downward inflows of different seepage velocities. The results indicated that the potential for clogging increased with an increase in specimen length, leading to less fine particle erosion. Internal erosion changed the mechanical soil behaviour even after the..

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