It’s been a while, but we hope it’s worth the wait: the monograph Effective Hyperbolic Strain-Softened Shear Modulus for Driven PIles in Clay is now available. It was presented at the Research Dialogues for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 9-10 April 2019. The abstract is as follows:
Abstract: Although it is widely understood that soils are non-linear materials, it is also common practice to treat them as elastic, elastic-plastic, or another combination of states that includes linear elasticity as part of their deformation. Assuming hyperbolic behavior, a common way of relating the two theories is the use of strain-softened hyperbolic shear moduli. Applying this concept, however, must be done with care, especially with geotechnical structures where large stress and strain gradients take place, as is the case with driven piles. In this paper a homogenized value for strain-softened shear moduli is investigated for both shaft and toe resistance in clays, and its performance in the STADYN static and dynamic analysis program documented. A preliminary value is proposed for this “average” value based upon the results of the program and other considerations.
The slide presentation for this follows: