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Geomechanics and Engineering
  Volume 26, Number 2, July25 2021 , pages 205-214

Effect of underground stress transfer through artificial manipulation of particle size distribution
Zhen-Hua Xin, Jun-Ho Moon, Kab-Boo Kim, Chan-Hee Kim and Young-Uk Kim

    To maintain the stability of built structures, engineers employ various methods to increase ground strength. One such method is to exert mutual physical force upon a structure, thereby stabilizing it without external reinforcement. Typical examples include the stone mastic asphalt method and torsional structured stonework. By simulating a structural phenomenon, it is possible to increase the ground's strength simply by manipulating the distribution and spatial arrangement of soil particles; soil composed of two differently sized particles satisfying a specific ratio does not separate easily. The jamming of soil particles utilizes Plato's regular polyhedron model and assumes that soil particles are complete spheres. Larger soil particles are placed at each vertex of a regular polyhedron and smaller particles in the voids
Key Words
    gap-graded soil; ground reinforcement; interlocking; particle; particle size distribution; replacement method
Zhen-Hua Xin: Department of Infrastructure Safety Research, Korea Institute of Construction Technology, Goyang 10223, Republic of Korea

Jun-Ho Moon, Chan-Hee Kim and Young-Uk Kim : Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Myongji University, 116, Myongji-ro, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 17058, Republic of Korea

Kab-Boo Kim: Bosiddol Inc., Nonhyeon-ro 63, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, 06256, Republic of Korea

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