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Undergraduate Course: Computational Geomechanics 5 (CIVE11036)

Course Outline
School School of Engineering College College of Science and Engineering
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) Credits 10
Home subject area Civil Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description This course provides ways to understand and describe mechanical behaviour of geomaterials from a computational modelling point of view. Plasticity theory and models as well as their integration algorithms will be presented for geomaterial constitutive behaviour. Discrete modelling will also be introduced as a complimentary approach to continuum theory. It will show how geotechnical engineering problems, such as consolidation, bearing capacity and slop stability, are modelled and solved using numerical approaches.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Geotechnical Engineering 3 (CIVE09016)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 10:00 - 13:00
First Class Week 1, Tuesday, 10:00 - 13:00, Zone: King's Buildings. Lecture Theatre C, James Clerk Maxwell Building
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes Stationery Requirements Comments
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)1:3012 sides / 2 x graph
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The achievement of the learning objectives in this course will be measured through the students& ability to
& distinguish between different types of constitutive models and identify the appropriate model according to the soil types and loading conditions
& select the correct integration algorithm for a specific constitutive model
& understand basic concepts and models for discrete modelling
& understand numerical procedures and interpret the results in the geotechnical engineering context
& conduct computer simulations to solve geotechnical engineering problems using finite and discrete element methods
Assessment Information
The assessment will be made on the basis of:
Projects 20%
Degree examination 80%
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Lecture Topics:

1. Introduction
- course content and schedule
- why is a numerical approach needed in the geotechnical engineering context

2. One-dimensional (1D) plasticity
- plasticity theory basics
- 1D frictional models
- the initial boundary-value problem (IBVP)
- integration algorithm
- finite-element solution of the elastoplastic IBVP

3. Classical plasticity and soil behaviour
- general framework of classical plasticity
- elastic models; and plastic models: Tresca, Huber-von Mises, Mohr-Coulomb,
Drucker-Prager, Lade-Duncan, Cam clay
- integration algorithms
- Soil behaviour and its relation to the constitutive models

4. Numerical solution of geotechnical engineering problems
- general procedure
- examples: 1D consolidation, triaxial test, embankment, foundation

5. Discrete modelling
- discrete versus continuum modelling
- introduction to discrete element method (DEM)
- DEM solution procedure, contact model and detect algorithms
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list (1) D. Muir Wood. Geotechnical Modelling. Taylor & Francis, 2004. (Chapters 2, 3 and 4)
(2) J.C. Simo and T.J.R. Hughes. Computational Inelasticity. Springer, 1998. (Chapter 1)
(3) S. Helwany. Applied Soil Mechanics with ABAQUS Applications. John Wiley & Sons, 2007 (Chapter 2)
(4) T. Poschel and T. Schwager. Computational Granular Dynamics. Springer, 2005. (Chapter 2)
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywords Not entered
Contacts
Course organiser Dr Jin Sun
Tel: (0131 6)51 9028
Email: J.Sun@ed.ac.uk
Course secretary Mrs Kim Orsi
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
Email: Kim.Orsi@ed.ac.uk
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