Journal article

Estimating vertical and lateral pressures in periodically structured montmorillonite clay particles

Guillermo A Narsilio, David W Smith, Peter Pivonka

Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciencias | ACAD BRASILEIRA DE CIENCIAS | Published : 2010

Abstract

Given a montmorillonitic clay soil at high porosity and saturated by monovalent counterions, we investigate the particle level responses of the clay to different external loadings. As analytical solutions are not possible for complex arrangements of particles, we employ computational micromechanical models (based on the solution of the Poisson-Nernst-Planck equations) using the finite element method, to estimate counterion and electrical potential distributions for particles at various angles and distances from one another. We then calculate the disjoining pressures using the Van't Hoff relation and Maxwell stress tensor. As the distance between the clay particles decreases and double-layers..

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