Constitutive modelling of soil remains a topic of considerable debate in Geotechnical Engineering. The speaker addressed some of the important issues in developing useful constitutive models.
1997 Newcastle Meetings
Mining of iron ore at Kiruna by sub-level caving is now at a depth of 500m below the surface, and stress related problems are being encountered. The purpose of the present investigation is to estimate the the stresses around the drawpoints from which fragmented ore is recovered. The rock may reasonably be taken to be …more
An alternative to the Finite Element Method, the Discrete Element Method is particularly suitable for modelling granular materials and for studying the relationship between `micro’ and `macro’ behaviour. Discrete Elements allow contacts between elements to be created or broken and can therefore be used to gain insight into the processes of nucleation and growth of …more
An 11m high embankment was thoroughly instrumented with piezometers, settlement rods and inclinometers to measure the behaviour of the underlying 40m thick deposit of Boston Blue Clay during staged loading and four years of subsequent consolidation. estimates of the engineering properties of the clay were made based on in-situ testing and laboratory test programs. Finite …more