Mixed hardening hyper-viscoplasticity model for soils incorporating non-linear creep rate - H-creep model

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International Journal of Plasticity, 2019, 120 pp. 88 - 114
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© 2019 Elsevier Ltd. This paper focuses on the deformation of soils considering the time-dependent stress-strain evolution. In this paper, a new mixed hardening hyper-viscoplasticity model is proposed for the derivation of the time-dependent constitutive behaviour of soils, with the intention to capture the variation in the shapes of the yield loci by pursuing non-associated flow rules and accounting for kinematic hardening effects. The distinctive departure from the existing viscoplasticity models is the application of thermodynamics, based upon the use of internal variables, to postulate free-energy and dissipation potential functions, from which the corresponding yield locus, isotropic and kinematic hardening laws, flow rules and the elasticity law are deduced in a systematic procedure. The kinematic hardening behaviour of the yield locus is considered using the shift stress, resulting from the additional plastic component of the free-energy function. A non-linear creep formulation is postulated to address the limitation of over-estimating long-term settlement and incorporated into the model for more reliable predictions. The major parameters required for the model are identified, along with the summary of descriptions on how the model parameters can readily be determined. Non-associated behaviour is found to be a natural consequence of this approach, whenever the division between dissipated and stored plastic work is not equal. This study aims to provide a theoretical background and a numerical implementation for those who are interested in the advancement of constitutive modelling of soil behaviour under the framework of hyperplasticity. Validity and versatility of the proposed constitutive model are evaluated against triaxial and oedometer test results available in literature.
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