Micro-mechanical behaviour of artificially cemented sands under compression and shear

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-224
Journal / PublicationGeotechnique Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017


The mechanical behaviour of cemented sands at macro-scale has been widely studied in the past, while there is still a lack of laboratory test data for the micro-mechanical response. Therefore, a series of uniaxial compression and tangential shear tests on artificially cemented sand particles have been conducted using a microscope to observe their behaviour. First, the consistency of cemented particles with different cementing agents is discussed. Three breakage modes are proposed according to the images taken using a microscope camera. A new parameter named ‘local roundness at contact’ is introduced to emphasise the effect of contact morphology on sample strength. Moreover, the effect of bond thickness on the mechanical response of cemented particles has been investigated. Finally, the shear strength parameters of artificially cemented sand samples have been determined for two different sample diameters.

Research Area(s)

  • Laboratory tests, Particle-scale behaviour, Sands