Numerical Modelling in Geotechnical Engineering

Pavia, 12-16 April 2010

The objectives of this short course are to provide graduate students, both at MS and PhD levels, and practising engineers with basic knowledge of numerical modelling in geotechnical engineering with a special focus on dynamic problems such as those encountered in earthquake engineering. 

Although the course touches all aspects of numerical modelling of geotechnical problems, from theory to application, emphasis will be given to the solutions of actual problems encountered in everyday practice. Linear and non linear aspects of modelling will be covered starting from the simple one dimensional configuration and moving to two dimensional situations involving only geotechnical structures, such as slopes or excavations, and soil structure interaction problems. Treatment of nonlinearities will cover both geometrical (soil structure interface) and material aspects (constitutive modelling). Furthermore, one phase and two phase porous media will be treated.

The course alternates between theoretical lectures and solutions by the attendees of practical problems. These tutorials will be run on the software Dynaflow, developed by J.H. Prevost, which will be made available to each attendee for the course duration.

The course is taught by Alain Pecker and Jean Hervé Prevost.  Alain Pecker is Professor at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in France and President & CEO of Géodynamique et Structure, an earthquake engineering consulting firm. Jean Hervé Prevost is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University and affiliated faculty at the Princeton Materials Institute and in the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics. Both are faculty members at the Rose School.  They have extensive experience in theoretical and applied numerical modelling of earthquake effects on soils and structures.

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