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Computational geomechanics: the heritage of Olek Zienkiewicz


Pastor, M and Chan, AHC and Mira, P and Manzanal, D and Fernandez Merodo, JA and Blanc, T, Computational geomechanics: the heritage of Olek Zienkiewicz, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 87, (1-5) pp. 457-489. ISSN 0029-5981 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1002/nme.3192


Geotechnical engineering design is based on mathematical, constitutive and numerical models implemented in computer codes which are able to predict the behaviour of geostructures and foundations under a wide variety of loading conditions, sometimes demanding or extreme. Prediction is fundamental in areas such as seismic engineering, marine foundations or landslide hazard analysis. No computer code is better than the mathematical, constitutive and numerical models which it implements. This paper is devoted to (i) reviewing the decisive contributions of Professor Olek Zienkiewicz to the development of mathematical, constitutive and numerical models in geotechnical engineering and (ii) presenting some extensions based on his work which have been proposed by the authors. The extensions to be described here are the following: (i) a particularization of the uprmw Zienkiewicz model to the case of fast catastrophic landslides (ii) an extension of the generalized plasticity model proposed by him and (iii) an SPH numerical model for the propagation of fast catastrophic landslides.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mathematical modelling, constitutive models, finite elements, SPH, fast landslides, marine foundations, dry liquefaction
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Civil engineering
Research Field:Civil geotechnical engineering
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction processes
Objective Field:Civil construction processes
UTAS Author:Chan, AHC (Professor Andrew Chan)
ID Code:103307
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:Office of the School of Engineering
Deposited On:2015-10-02
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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