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dc.contributor.authorDeng, A.en
dc.contributor.authorXiao, Y.en
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Geomechanics, 2010; 10(6):214-222en
dc.descriptionSpecial Issue: Modeling in Geotechnical Engineering for Design and Materialsen
dc.description.abstractA geofoam was produced by blending expanded polystyrene _EPS_ beads and sands in proportions. The formed mixtures, known as EPS-sands, were 26–63% lighter than general earth fills _e.g., sand_. Consolidated-drained _CD_ triaxial compression tests were conducted on EPS-sand mixture specimens to observe their stress-strain characteristics, specifically, the stress-strain responses in relation to the EPS contents _0.5, 1.5, and 2.5% by weight_ used in the mixtures and confining pressures _100, 200, 300 to 400 kPa_ loaded on the specimens. The EPS content and confining pressure were found to influence the stress-strain and volumetric strain behavior of the mixtures. Increasing EPS content led to decreased shear strength and increased volumetric strain. Increasing confining pressures enhanced the strength of the mixture. EPS-sand mixtures underwent a shear contraction throughout the CD tests. The optimum EPS bead content _i.e., the one reasonably balancing the unit weight, strength, and deformation_ was in the order of 0.5% by weight. EPS content dependent strain increment equations were derived by compromising Cam-clay and modified Cam-clay, and used to model the stress-strain characteristics of EPS-sand mixtures. The established equations were verified being able to depict the stress-strain observations of EPS-sand specimens, at least for the ranges of EPS contents and confinements considered in this study.en
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityAn Deng and Yang Xiaoen
dc.publisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineersen
dc.rights© 2010 ASCEen
dc.subjectEPS beads; Sands; Triaxial compression; Shear strength; Cam-clay; Stress-strain behavior; Lightweight fillsen
dc.titleMeasuring and modeling proportion-dependent stress-strain behavior of EPS-sand mixtureen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.identifier.orcidDeng, A. [0000-0002-3897-9803]en
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