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Change Mechanism of Strength of Soil-rock Mixture Freezing-thawing Interface under Different Rock

Version 1 : Received: 12 May 2021 / Approved: 17 May 2021 / Online: 17 May 2021 (09:34:41 CEST)

How to cite: Gang, L.; Tao, H.; Zhen, L.; Miaomaio, B. Change Mechanism of Strength of Soil-rock Mixture Freezing-thawing Interface under Different Rock. Preprints 2021, 2021050374 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0374.v1). Gang, L.; Tao, H.; Zhen, L.; Miaomaio, B. Change Mechanism of Strength of Soil-rock Mixture Freezing-thawing Interface under Different Rock. Preprints 2021, 2021050374 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0374.v1).

Abstract

With global warming and accelerated degradation of permafrost, the engineering problems caused by the formation of weak zones between the shallow and permafrost layers of soil–rock mixture (S-RM) slopes in permafrost regions have become increasingly prominent. To explore the influence of rock content on the shear strength of the S-RM freezing–thawing interface, the variation in the shear strength for different rock content is studied herein using direct shear tests. In addition, a 3D laser scanner is used for obtaining the topography of the shear failure surface. Combined with the analysis results of the shear band-particle calculation model, the influence of the rock content on the shear strength of the interface is explored. It was found that the impact threshold of the rock content on the interface strength and failure mode is approximately 30%, when the rock content (R) is > 30% and that the shear strength increases rapidly with increasing rock content. When R ≤ 30%, the actual shear plane is similar to waves; when R > 30%, the shear plane appears as gnawing failure. The shear strength of S-RM freezing–thawing interface mainly comes from the bite force and friction between particles. The main reason for the increase in shear strength with increasing rock content is the increase in bite force between particles, which makes the ratio of bite force to friction force approximately 1:1.

Subject Areas

soil–rock mixture, freezing–thawing interface, shear strength, shear failure surface, particle calculation model

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