Abstract
To study the dynamic characteristics of soft soil foundation under the longterm metro dynamic loads, modified model based on the bounding surface model was presented. The Mesri creep formula was introduced into the bounding surface model, then it could not only consider the effects of time but also could describe the soil’s arbitrary shear stress levels. The modified bounding surface model was derived using the NewtonRaphson method and the secondary development of the model was conducted. Meanwhile, in order to verify the model, the dynamic triaxial tests of the soft soil were conducted by GDS dynamic triaxial equipment and the metro dynamic loads were simulated during dynamic triaxial tests. Then, the numerical simulation of modified bounding surface model was carried out for soft soil and the numerical results were compared with the test results. The results show that the timedependent bounding surface model provides a more accurate calculation for the dynamic strain, and establishes a theoretical foundation for predicting the settlement of the soft soil.
1. Introduction
Bjerrum was the first scholar to research on the soft soil and proposed the concept of total strain decomposition [1]. It was found that the soft soil area has high compression, high water content, low permeability, creep engineering properties. The soft soil foundation will produce greater amounts of longterm settlement in the subway given the vibration occurring as a result of the moving loads [2]. In order to more accurately calculate the settlement of soft soil during subway vibration operation, it is necessary to establish a dynamic constitutive model consideration time effects under dynamic loads [3].
Current plastic models typically employ the bounding surface model to study dynamic soil characteristics. Dafalias proposed the mathematic expression of the bounding surface model [46]. Compared with the camclay model, the bounding surface model could better describe the plastic hysteresis characteristics of the soil in calculations of the dynamic strainstress soil relations under the dynamic loads [7, 8]; consequently, it was often used to analyze dynamic problem [9, 10].
The creep empirical model has two types: SinghMitchell and the Mesri creep model. The former model can only be calculated for the 20 %80 % range of the shear stress level and Mesri model improved this problem [1113]. Then numerous studies on the creep empirical model under dynamic loads have been carried out [14, 15]. However, these studies are not suitable for the numerical simulation analysis of soil settlement under dynamic loads.
Along with these problems, studying the dynamic characteristics and settlement of soft soil foundation under longterm vibration, this paper introduces the Mesri creep model into the boundary surface model. A timedependent boundary surface model was developed to describe soil creep for arbitrary shear stress levels. Meanwhile, in order to verify the model, the dynamic triaxial tests of the soft soil were conducted and the subway metro dynamic load modes was simulated during the dynamic triaxial tests. Then, the modified bounding surface model was used to simulate for soft soil and the numerical results were compared with the test results. The study of soft soil characteristics under metro dynamic loads provides a theoretical foundation for subsidence prediction.
2. Establishment of the timedependent bounding surface model under dynamic loads
The modified bounding surface model was derived on the basis of the rheological model, the yield criterion, hardening law and flow rule. Based on the incremental theory [16, 17], the total strain $d{\epsilon}_{ij}$ is divided into the sum of three partial strain increments:
where $d{\epsilon}_{ij}^{e}$ is the elastic strain increment; $d{\epsilon}_{ij}^{p}$ is the plastic strain increment; and $d{\epsilon}_{ij}^{t}$ is the creep increment.
2.1. Creep increment
The creep increment is divided into volumetric creep and deviatoric stress creep:
where $d{\epsilon}_{v}^{t}$ is volumetric creep increment; $d{\epsilon}_{s}^{t}$ is the deviatoric stress creep; and $d{e}_{ij}$ is the partial strain.
2.1.1. Deviatoric stress creep
Deviatoric stress creep is based on the Mesri creep model. The Mesri model was created as an improvement on the classic SinghMitchell creep model. The SinghMitchell creep model can only describe 20 %80 % of soil creep properties for shear stress levels, and when the shear stress level is equal to zero, the strain calculation results are less than zero. For this problem, the Mesri model had been improved to calculate the soil creep under arbitrary shear stress levels.
According to the SinghMitchell creep formula:
where $A$, $\overline{\alpha}$, and $m$ are the testing parameters; $(t{)}_{i}$ is the elapse time, usually set to unity; $\overline{D}=\left({\sigma}_{1}{\sigma}_{3}\right)/{\left({\sigma}_{1}{\sigma}_{3}\right)}_{f}$ is the shear stress level; and $1/2{\left({\sigma}_{1}{\sigma}_{3}\right)}_{f}={S}_{u}$ is the undrained shear strength.
Under dynamic loads, an equivalent linear model by HardinDrnevich [18, 19] has been proposed:
where ${\left({\sigma}_{1}{\sigma}_{3}\right)}_{d}$ is dynamic deviatoric stress; $a$ and $b$ are the testing parameters; and ${\epsilon}_{d}$ is dynamic strain. ${E}_{d}$ is initial dynamic modulus and ${\left({\sigma}_{1}{\sigma}_{3}\right)}_{ult}$ is the final principal stress difference:
and ${R}_{f}={\left({\sigma}_{1}{\sigma}_{3}\right)}_{f}/{\left({\sigma}_{1}{\sigma}_{3}\right)}_{ult}$ is damage ratio.
Eq. (4) can therefore be achieved:
Via combining Eq. (3) with Eq. (5) it obtain:
2.1.2. Volumetric creep
Taylor’s derived creep incremental volume [20] is as follows:
where ${C}_{\alpha}$ is the secondary consolidation coefficient; ${t}_{v}=\mathrm{e}\mathrm{x}\mathrm{p}\left({e}_{2}{e}_{1}/\psi \right)$; $\psi ={C}_{\alpha}/2.3$; ${e}_{0}$ is the initial void ratio; and ${e}_{1}$ is the existing void ratio. The expression of the formula is ${e}_{1}={e}_{a}(\lambda \kappa )\mathrm{l}\mathrm{n}{p}_{c}\kappa \mathrm{l}\mathrm{n}p$. $\lambda $ and $\kappa $ are the camclay model parameters; ${p}_{c}$ is the law of hardening parameters and also is the preconsolidation pressure, equal to the yield surface and the $p$ axis intersection; ${e}_{a}$ is the void ratio in an isotropic consolidation curve corresponding to ${p}_{c}=\mathrm{}$1 [21]; and ${e}_{2}$ is void ratio corresponding in a state of normal consolidation under the stress state. Thus, the expression of the formula is ${e}_{2}={e}_{a}(\lambda \kappa )\mathrm{l}\mathrm{n}{p}_{0}\kappa \mathrm{l}\mathrm{n}p$. ${p}_{0}$ is the equivalent consolidation pressure, and the expression for the formula is:
2.2. The plastic strain increment
2.2.1. The yield surface equation
Based on bounding surface model, modified camclay yield surface model proposed by Manzari was chosen; Because of the hardening parameter ${p}_{c}$ improved functionality with consideration to the time factor, and yield surface changes over time in Fig. 1. Use the tensor as follows:
where ${s}_{ij}={\sigma}_{ij}p{\delta}_{ij}$; $p={\sigma}_{ii}$; ${\delta}_{ij}$ is the Kronecker delta; ${\overline{s}}_{ij}$ and $\overline{p}$ are image points on the boundary corresponding to real stress points; $M$ is the critical state line slope; ${p}_{c}$ is the intersection of the yield surface and the $p$ axis, which is the size of the boundary and will change over time; and ${\overline{\sigma}}_{ij}=b{\sigma}_{ij}$, $b\ge \text{1}$ is the ratio of the mapping points to the actual stress on the yield surface.
2.2.2. Hardening rule
According to the theory of critical state soil mechanics, the isotropic consolidation test and rebound test can obtain a hardening rule:
Based on the literature [22] and according to Fig. 2, the improved hardening parameter for considering time effect is as follows:
Considering the time factor, Fig. 2 can be used to derive a void ratio increment as follows:
Eq. (12) can be reduced to:
Fig. 1Schematic view of the yield surfaces in qp stress space
Fig. 2Incorporation of time factor in isotropic consolidation and rebound test parameters
Taking the Taylor series expansion for Eq. (13), it obtains:
Applying the total differential definition for Eq. (14) and combining Eqs. (10) and (14), it can derive the following:
2.2.3. Flow rule
According to the theory of plasticity, plastic deformation $d{\epsilon}_{ij}^{p}$ is divided into plastic volume strain $d{\epsilon}_{v}^{p}$ and deviatoric strain $d{e}_{ij}^{p}$:
where:
and ${\overline{K}}_{p}$ is the point of reference for the bounding surface plastic modulus; and ${K}_{p}$ is the current stress point of the plastic modulus. Two of these plastic modulus values use the recommendation of Manzaei [23], as shown below:
2.3. The elastic part
The function is:
where $d{\epsilon}_{v}^{e}$ is the elastic volumetric strain increment, and according to Hooke’s law:
2.4. Implicit integration of the model
Based on the concept of the implicit backward Euler method [24], calculation steps can be divided into two steps: (1) the elastic response and (2) viscoplastic correction. According to Eq. (1)(19) and ref. [25], the derivation formulas can be obtained, as detailed in the appendix A.
The NewtonRaphson algorithm was used to solve the equation sets (${R}_{i}$) also in the appendix A [26]. The iterations were stopped when the iterative error ${R}_{i}^{\left(k\right)}$ was less than the allowable values. When $k$ iteration is used to calculate $\partial {R}_{i}^{\left(k\right)}/\partial (X{)}_{n+1}$ and $\partial {R}_{i}^{\left(k\right)}/\partial (X{)}_{n+1}\cdot \delta (X{)}_{n+1}={R}_{i}$, then the tangent modulus is obtained at the same time (see appendix A).
3. The parameters of model
The timedependent bounding surface model combines the advantages of the Mesri creep model, critical state soil mechanics theory, and the boundary surface model theory [27]. Meanwhile, the parameters are concise and easy to determine. This work focuses on the study of soft soil, and the following parameter influence analysis can be obtained via laboratory test data.
3.1. Creep parameters
Given Eq. (4), it can obtain a linear relation between $1/{E}_{d}$ and ${\epsilon}_{d}$, thereby obtaining parameters $a$ and $b$. It then derived ${E}_{d}/{S}_{u}$ and ${R}_{f}$ [28, 29]. ${S}_{u}$ was obtained using indoor unconfined compressive strength tests. As shown in Fig. 3, the ${\sigma}_{d}~{\epsilon}_{d}$ hyperbolic equation has been converted into a linear equation. This was calculated using the least square method results in the linear intercept $a$ and slope $b$. The ${E}_{d}/{S}_{u}$ were obtained using $a$ and ${S}_{u}$. The analysis parameters under the condition of differing dynamic amplitudes are shown in Fig. 4.
Analysis parameters (${R}_{f}$) under the condition of different dynamic amplitudes are shown in Fig. 5. Using Eq. (9) to calculate the parameter $m$ from dynamic strain vs. time relationship curve in Fig. 6.
Fig. 31/Ed~εd relationship diagram
Fig. 4Ed/Su~Fd relationship diagram
Fig. 5Rf~Fd relationship diagram
Fig. 6Strain vs. time relationship diagram
Fig. 7The q~p relationship in consolidated drained conditions
Fig. 8The isotropic consolidation and rebound test
3.2. Critical state model parameters
Based on critical state soil mechanics theory, the critical stress ratio $M$ in Fig. 7 can be obtained through the consolidated drained test; $q$ represents the effective deviatoric stress; $p$ is the effective confining pressure. The isotropic consolidation and rebound experiments were used to obtain the parameters $\lambda $ and $\kappa $.
3.3. Plastic modulus parameter ${\mathit{H}}_{0}$
Parameter ${H}_{0}$ affects the form’s $q~\epsilon $ relation curve, and the numerical size can determine a hardening or softening curve, as shown in Fig. 9.
Fig. 9Diagram of H0 effect on the q~ε relationship
Fig. 10GDS dynamic triaxial apparatus
4. Experimental study and verification analysis
4.1. Dynamic experimental study
Shield segment and the structure can be affected by moving metro dynamic loads during vibration operation [30, 31]. Studies have shown that the metro dynamic loads produce a vibration waveform that is similar to the sine wave [32]. We performed a GDS dynamic triaxial test on soft soil. As illustrated in Fig. 10, during operation, the vibration staff (controlled by the vibration controller) drives the vibration head oscillating up and down so that vibration loading is applied to the soil in the cell chamber. The location of the soil is in Hexi area of Nanjing, China, Metro line 2 of Nanjing crosses through the area, and the physical and mechanical indexes of soft soil are shown in Table 1 [33].
The samples were prepared as the cylinders that were 38 mm in diameter and 75 mm in height. The effective confining pressure is, respectively, 75 and 150 kPa. We used a half sine wave load; dynamic amplitudes of 10, 15, and 20 N, respectively; and established 10000 vibration times.
Table 1Physical and mechanical properties of soft clay
$w$ (%)  ${G}_{s}$  ${I}_{p}$  $\rho $ (g/cm^{3})  ${e}_{0}$ 
37.3  2.72  17  1.877  0.99 
4.2. Comparison and analysis
We selected the confining pressure of ${\sigma}_{d}=$75 kPa, a dynamic amplitude of ${F}_{d}=$10 N, and a vibration frequency $f=$1 Hz as an example. We then compared calculations results with the test results. The test parameters are as show in Table 2.
Table 2Parameters of model for clay
${E}_{d}/{S}_{u}$  ${R}_{f}$  $m$  ${C}_{\alpha}$  $M$  $\lambda $  $\kappa $  ${H}_{0}$ 
3.5  0.72  0.17  0.091  1.42  0.18  0.08  20 
As shown in Fig. 11, the test results are compared against the calculation results of the $q~{\epsilon}_{d}$ curve. The calculated results by the timedependent bounding surface model are closer to the experimental value.
As shown in Fig. 12, the calculated results by the timedependent bounding surface model are closer to the experimental value when compared with the result of strain vs. time curve.
Fig. 11Comparison between test results and predicted values of the q~εd curve
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Fig. 12Comparison between test results and predicted values of the strain vs. time curve
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As shown in Fig. 13, the calculated results by the bounding surface model are small when compared with the result of the pore pressure vs. time curve, and the calculated results enter a stable state. The calculated results by the timedependent bounding surface model is similar to the measured data. Although the turning point is small, it is consistent with the test value as they both increase over time.
Via the above curve comparisons between test results and prediction, we can see that the timedependent bounding surface model could effectively describe the dynamic characteristics of soft soil under dynamic loads.
Fig. 13Comparison between test results and predicted values of the pore pressure vs. time curve
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5. Conclusion
This paper studies the dynamic characteristics of soft soil under metro dynamic loads. The conclusions can be drawn from this study:
1. Introducing the Mesri creep model into the boundary surface model allows for the calculation of soil creep under arbitrarily shear stress levels; the shear stress level contains all the stress level statuses (0100 %). The improved bounding surface model can take into consideration the time effects.
2. The calculation steps have been provided to illustrate the timedependent bounding surface model using the NewtonRaphson method and carried out secondary development of model.
3. Simulating the dynamic load waveforms had been carried out during GDS dynamic triaxial test for the soft soil, comparing the test results with predicted values. The results showed that the timedependent bounding surface model more accurately calculated the dynamic strain.
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The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support for this research from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51278099, 51578147) and the Postgraduate Research and Innovation Plan Project in Jiangsu Province (Grant No. CXLX13_098). We thank LetPub (www.letpub.com) for its linguistic assistance during the preparation of this manuscript.