By Eduardo E. Alonso,Núria M. Pinyol,Alexander M. Puzrin
Geotechnical mess ups, specifically the catastrophic ones, are a stimulus to enhance present knowing of phenomena and methods and instruments for research and prediction.
This unconventional method of geomechanics is the essence of this booklet. often, soil mechanics and geotechnical textbooks describe first the techniques and theoretical advancements after which practice them to interpret or clear up a selected functions. This publication follows a distinct path. The case (a failure) is first defined after which an evidence is sought. This calls for a collection of steps which are summarized as follows: determine the character of the matter, advance a committed and particular formula of the case, in accordance with proven simple ideas. as a rule, no unmarried current idea or approach is accessible to unravel the case to hand, offer an answer inside a suitable measure of complexity, extract the basic features of the matter and spotlight its relevance.
The situations chosen were grouped into 3 major themes: Landslides, Embankments and Dams and Dynamics of disasters. circumstances chosen (Vaiont, Aznalcóllar, Brattas-St. Moritz) are distinct and illustrate a few correct and to a point debatable matters that are of broad curiosity, with out claiming exhaustive therapy of the subject.
The ebook teaches easy methods to construct the required types to appreciate the mess ups. good demonstrated soil mechanics techniques are the mandatory history. however the situations analyzed require in most cases a step forward that is particular for the case analyzed. stability and equilibrium equations are frequently required as a kick off point. they're formulated at varied scales, that are chosen having in brain the summary illustration of every case.
Various chapters illustrate additionally the coupled nature (flow-deformation-temperature) of geotechnical difficulties and the necessity to thoroughly handle those complexities every so often. actually, temperature results, a topic frequently missed in traditional analyses, are essential to clarify a few catastrophic landslides (Vaiont). In a few of the chapters, particular calculation instruments, integrated in popular and generally on hand courses (Excel, Maple…) were used. info of the advert hoc courses constructed have additionally been integrated in Appendices to assist the readers to stick to the main points of the calculation.
Finite point tools haven't been used. within the landslides analyzed (Vaiont and Brattas-St. Moritz) at present to be had advertisement courses are of restricted application. within the ultimate instances the research played presents a enough perception and interpretation of box behaviour.
Chapters contain additionally a quick description of the alterations within the unique layout and the mitigation measures that can have avoided the failure. additionally, a precis part of classes realized is supplied in all chapters. eventually, chosen themes and extra complicated studying are suggested.
This e-book is linked to a Master/Doctorate path being provided on the division of Geotechnical Engineering and Geosciences of UPC, Barcelona. power readers for that reason contain Graduate and grasp scholars, school and execs within the fields of Civil and Geotechnical Engineering.
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