Symposium 6

Mechanics of Geomaterials

The proposed mini-symposium will provide a forum for presentation and discussion of the state-of-the-art in the Mechanics of Geomaterials.  Emphasis will be on novel formulations, experimental methods, computational methods, and practical applications involving soil and rock.  Contributions are solicited in, but not restricted to, the following topic areas in the Mechanics of Geomaterials:

  • Coupled, multiphysics problems (multi-phase flow coupled to solid skeleton deformation, chemo-thermo-hydro-mechanics, …)
  • Traditional geomaterials testing: triaxial, true-triaxial, direct shear, high strain rates, pore fluid flow control, temperature control, …
  • Lower-length scale experimental investigations: in-situ computed tomography (CT) of localization bands, micro-crack nucleation and propagation, x-ray diffraction, SEM/TEM imaging of crushed sand grain fragments, etc.
  • Degradation, localization, instability and post-localization modeling
  • Multiscale modeling (including micromechanics, particulate mechanics, discrete element methods, molecular dynamics, hierarchical and concurrent schemes, …)
  • Nonlocal and generalized continuum modeling
  • Constitutive modeling (small and finite deformations) for dry, partially-saturated, and saturated geomaterials
  • Dynamics of geomaterials
  • Probabilistic methods
  • Numerical implementation issues

Symposium Organizers:

Richard Regueiro (primary contact), University of Colorado at Boulder

Rajah Anandarajah, Johns Hopkins University

Jose Andrade, California Institute of Technology

Majid Manzari, George Washington University