from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The increase in volume of a granular substance when its shape is changed, because of greater distance between its component particles.
  • n. The phenomenon whereby a viscous substance solidifies under pressure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The property of dilating or expanding, especially by means of an increase in space between the component parts.
  • n. The phenomenon of some substances whose viscosity increases with shear rate, or with pressure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The property of granular masses of expanding in bulk with change of shape.


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  • If any one of you knows about any open-source code for such a constitutive model (Advanced Mohr-Coloumb for soil with both dilatancy and hardening behaviors) or any other advise can help me about this, could you please tell me how/where I can find it? tuhinsinha. 25 on Thu, 2009-06-18 15: 26. sasekaran on Thu, 2010-02-11 22: 20.

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  • I am experimentally and numerically studying the stress distribution undernath the padfoot roller at the first stage, I need to have a constitutive model for soil with both dilatancy and hardening behaviors.

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  • We suggest that this process is the dominant mechanism of deep slab hydration, although it may be locally aided by the enhancement in porosity due to prefailure dilatancy

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