Geomechanics of Failures (Hardcover)

Author: Puzrin, A. M.

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It is not an easy task to fascinate a student with a standard course on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. If, howerver, the same material is presented as a tool to explore a natural or a man-made "disaster", both the motivation and the ability to absorb this material increase dramatically. The case studies in this book could help to build an introductory Forensic Geotechnical Engineering course, covering such basic topics as settlements, bearing capacity and excavations.

The failure cases considered in this book have something in common-they can be all reasonably well explained using so called "back-of-the-envelope" calculations, i.e., without sophisticated models requring finite element analysis. These simple methods based on clear mechanical considerations are the endangered species of the computer dominated era, though sometimes they could prvent a disaster caused by a wrong application of computer models. In particular, the upper bound limit analysis has repeatedly proven itself as a powerful tool allowing for sufficiently accurate estimates of the failure loads and leaving a lot of room for creativity.

No one is exempt from making mistatkes, but repeating well known mistakes reveals a gap in education. One of the objectives of this book is to attempt bridging this gap, at least partially. More failure cases covering a larger area of geotechnical problems are included into the companion book Geome-chanics of Failures: Advanced Topics by the same authors.


Publisher Springer Verlag
Mfg Part# 9789048135301
SKU 212125888
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 9048135303
Release Date 11/5/2012
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