In this study, Discontinuous Deformation Analysis (DDA) method is extended to simulate Soil-Water Characteristic Curve (SWCC) by considering both capillary water and bound water at the micro-scale. First, a simple and practical bound water model is proposed and incorporated into DDA program to simulate SWCC in the high suction range. Then, to prove the availability of the developed program, the extended DDA is used to simulate the SWCCs of two types of fine sand with kaolin clay in a wide suction range. The simulation results agree with the experimental results, which demonstrate that the extended DDA is an alternative method for simulating and analyzing SWCC of both cohesionless soil and cohesive soil. Finally, one of the influential factors specific surface area is theoretically analyzed. This study provides an approach to simulate the matric suction of unsaturated soil, and the extended DDA could be a potential tool for unsaturated soil research.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
- Computer Science Applications