Thermo-Hydraulic-Mechanical Behaviour of Unsaturated Soils Under High Temperature

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The paper presents a coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical model for unsaturated soil, applicable for temperatures in excess of 100ºC. The thermo-hydraulic formulation follows Luikov’s approach in which three nonlinear partial differential equations representing heat, moisture and air transport are fully coupled. The mechanical model is based on stress-strain equilibrium principle with linear elastic, nonlinear elastic and elastoplastic constitutive models implemented. Numerically, the continuous Galerkin finite element method is employed for spatial discretisation and implicit finite difference scheme for temporal discretisation. An application of the coupled model to a laboratory experiment is presented to demonstrate the capability of the model.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics
Place of PublicationNew Delhi, India
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010
Event6th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics - Indian Geotechnical Society, New Delhi, India
Duration: 8 Nov 201012 Nov 2010


Conference6th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics
CityNew Delhi


  • Unsaturated soils, THM model, Multicomponent chemical transport

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