A viscoelastic model for the dynamic behavior of saturated poroelastic soils

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A viscoelastic model is proposed to describe the dynamic response of the saturated poroelastic materials that obey the Biot theory (1956). The viscoelastic model is defined from the velocity and attenuation of dilatational and distortional waves in poroelastic materials. Its material properties are defined in terms of the elastic moduli, porosity, specific gravity, degree of saturation, and permeability of the soils. The proposed model is tested by comparing its response with the one of poroelastic materials in the case of axial and lateral harmonic loadings of onedimensional columns. The viscoelastic model is simpler to use than poroelastic materials but yields similar results for a wide range of soils and dynamic loadings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-135
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions ASME
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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