Stiffness of clays and silts: Modeling considerations

Paul J Vardanega*, Malcolm Bolton

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A large database has recently been published that details the development of new empirical expressions for the stiffness reduction with strain of clays and silts. In this note, the same database is used to examine two major considerations for engineers using these expressions in numerical analyses: the transformation from secant to tangent stiffness and the effect of stress history. (C) 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number06014004
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
Issue number6
Early online date14 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014


  • Stiffness
  • Clays
  • Silts
  • Design
  • Deformations
  • Modeling
  • Statistical analysis


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