ALERT Workshop 2020 – Call for abstracts

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The ALERT Workshop 2020 (31st Edition) will be held in Aussois from 28th to 30th September, 2020. Abstracts can be submitted to the three sessions. Please submit your abstracts by email directly to the coordinators using the Workshop abstract form (doc). If you wish to publish your presentation after the Workshop on the ALERT website, do not forget to agree by ticking the corresponding box in the abstract form.

Since time for the presentations is limited, only a part of the submitted abstracts can be chosen for the oral presentations. Therefore, we invite you to submit your abstract as soon as possible. The presentation can also be submitted as a poster. The abstracts of the posters will be published in a separate booklet (ISSN registered).

The deadline for the abstract submission is April 30, 2020. For any communication about your participation to the workshops, please contact the coordinators of the workshop sessions directly.

Postdoc position at Delft University of Technology – Numerical modelling of cyclic soil-monopile interaction

Applications are welcome for a 2.5-years postdoc position on the numerical modelling of cyclic soil-monopile interaction in offshore wind turbines. The research work will include development, set-up and calibration of 3D FE monopile models, in combination with advanced constitutive modelling of cyclic sand behaviour. Design of the numerical simulation programme, and validation of obtained results, will be carried out in close collaboration with experimentalists and industry experts. The new knowledge gained from combined physical and numerical modelling will be oriented towards the formulation and implementation of a new engineering p-y model for the analysis of large-diameter monopiles in sand under cyclic loading. 

Candidates should possess a PhD degree in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering or related areas, excellent knowledge of soil mechanics and foundation engineering, and proven experience in numerical/constitutive modelling (preferably including soil-structure interaction problems and cyclic loading). Acquaintance with offshore wind geotechnics is also appreciated (but not mandatory). 

Full description of the position and instructions for applicants can be found using the following link:
https://www.academictransfer.com/en/290879/post-doctoral-researcher-in-numerical-modelling-of-cyclic-soil-monopile-interaction/

For more information about this vacancy please contact Dr. Federico Pisanò, F.Pisano@tudelft.nl, or Dr. Amin Askarinejad: A.Askarinejad@tudelft.nl.

The closing date for applications is April 30th, 2020. Preferred starting date is November 1st, 2020.

Announcement for a postdoc position at Navier Lab

Applications are welcomed for a postdoc position in Navier Laboratory (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, Univ. Gustave Eiffel, CNRS) on the mitigation of crystalline swelling in clays by cationic exchange. This postdoc is part of the ALLUVIUM project (I-site FUTURE) and an on-going experimental campaign using XRD identified a shortlist of promising cationic compounds. In this postdoc, we propose to complement these experiments with molecular simulations to investigate in detail the effects of cationic exchange at the nano-scale.

More details in the attached document.

E-UNSAT 2020, Lisbon, postponed to 19-21 October 2020

Due to the COV-19 outbreak in all European countries in the last weeks, in agreement with the Chair and the Secretary of the TC-106, E-UNSAT 2020 conference to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, will be postponed. The new dates have been fixed to October 19-21, 2020.

Postponing the conference was necessary to allow for safe travelling and enjoying the event. Hopefully this delay will be enough for the emergency to be over.  Further information can be found at https://eunsat2020.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/

We hope that you all are doing well and we are looking forward to welcoming you in Lisbon, though later than expected.

Kind regards,
Rafaela Cardoso, Cristina Jommi and Enrique Romero
Conference chairs

PhD position: Numerical modeling of fracturing of a clay-rich rock under gas overpressure

The Cigeo project is the French plan for a deep disposal center for radioactive waste. The excavation operations induce a network of fractures around the repository structures, which are to be built in the framework of the Cigeo project within the Callovo-Oxfordian claystone (COx) considered as a potential host geological formation.

The proposed research program concerns two main tasks; experimental and numerical. Further information on this position can be found in the attached file.

The applicant must hold a Master degree or equivalent in the field of solid mechanics or civil engineering. Interested applicants are invited to send a CV, a cover letter and their transcripts to François Hild (francois.hild@ens-paris-saclay.fr) and Darius Seyedi (darius.seyedi@cea.fr) by 27 March 2020.

2 Assistant Professor positions at University of Twente

Applications are welcomed for two Assistant Professor positions of Computational Multiscale Mechanics and Geomechanics. Focus of the first position is on the development of advanced open-source computational tools for the investigation of particulate materials. The second position is dedicated to the multiscale and multiphase modelling of soils, for material characterisation, prediction, improvement. 

For more information and applications follow the links below:

– Computational Multiscale Mechanics (Deadline 1 April 2020):
https://www.utwente.nl/en/organization/careers/!/1110934/assistant-professor-computational-multiscale-mechanics

– Geomechanics (Deadline 15 April 2020):
https://www.utwente.nl/en/organization/careers/!/1127291/assistant-professor-geomechanics

Position at Technical University of Graz

Graz University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering Sciences, has an immediate opening for a fully funded position (40 hours a week) as tenure track professorship for women in the field Geotechnics / Tunnelling with in-depth knowledge of Data Science / Artificial Intelligence at the Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling. After fulfilment of the qualification agreement, the candidate will be appointed as associated professor (permanent position). 

Application deadline: 30 April 2020

Attached file.

The complete announcement is available under: www.tugraz.at/institute/fmt/institute/news

ALERT Geomaterials Workshop 2020

Session 1 “Forecasting landslide displacements”  – 28th September 2020

Coordinators: Sabatino Cuomo (UniSa), Jean Vaunat (CIMNE), Núria M. Pinyol (UPC)

Dear Colleagues,

the Workshop is organized in the framework of the agreement between ALERT Geomaterials and the international LARAM School (LAndslide Risk Assessment and Mitigation, University of Salerno).

Geomechanics-driven models will be presented, including issues like incrementally non-linear behaviour of soil, hydro-mechanical coupling, weathering process, rate- and thermal effects. These models are widely applied for slope analysis at local scale, especially for back-analysis of failures, individuation of the key factors for failure, investigation of triggering mechanisms, modelling of post-failure and tempo-spatial evolution of slopes. Contributions about small-strain approaches for cohesive soils, large-displacements approaches for slope failures evolving into flows, or landslide propagation analysis are welcome.

Engineering-oriented procedures will also presented in the context of landslide risk theory to provide relevant information for early-warning systems, urban planning maps, countermeasures against landslide movement and land control tools operational, both at slope scale and over wide areas.

The two classes of tools are really complementary and they should be ideally integrated to effectively tackle the forecasting of landslide displacements. And, in fact the Workshop aims at reinforcing the links between the scholars coming from ALERT and LARAM communities.

DEADLINE: 30th April 2020 to send title and abstract of presentations (only abstract respecting the format suggested by ALERT, can be accepted).

SUBMISSION: please send your abstract to: scuomo@unisa.it

Best regards, see you in Aussois

Sabatino, Jean and Nuria


Session 2 “ Machine Learning and Geomechanics ”  – 29th September 2020

Coordinators: Ioannis Stefanou (EC-Nantes) and Felix Darve (3SR)

Machine Learning (ML) is a promising ensemble of mathematical tools and methods that have already lead to astonishing results in science and technology.

The objective of this session is to demonstrate that machine learning can be used to bypass some of the current limitations of several experimental and numerical methods in the field of geomaterials, geomechanics and more generally in solid mechanics.

There is hope that this new approach may lead to more realistic, physics-based models with several applications in geo-energy resources (e.g. geothermal energy, oil and gaz extraction, …), in nuclear waste disposal, in CO2 sequestration, and in the prediction and prevention of natural risks (e.g. earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, rockfalls, snow avalanches, debris flows, …).

The session will consist of invited talks only. Renowned invited speakers will share their experience on ML showing the large perspectives of the method in solid mechanics and geomechanics.


Session 3 “Bridging the gap between experiments and modelling: from laboratory testing to material models prediction”  – 30th September

Coordinators: Béatrice Baudet (b.baudet@ucl.ac.uk) (University College London, U.K.), Federica Cotecchia (federica.cotecchia@poliba.it) (Politecnico di Bari, Italy), Cristina Jommi (cristina.jommi@polimi.it) (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) and (C.Jommi@tudelft.nl) (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)

At this point in time, when soil laboratory testing has advanced to the extent that we can determine the contact behaviour between two grains, while soils can be modelled at the microscale with realistic particle properties, it may be a good time to pause and ask: are we really aware of what aspects of the soil internal processes we are modelling? This day session attempts to address this. The morning is organized around sessions on laboratory testing providing evidence of a behavioural framework consolidated, natural and compacted soils, and assess how the different processes determine aspects of the behaviour. In the afternoon, examples of how some of that evidence is integrated in modelling are given. The morning and afternoon sessions will close with a 40-minute discussion.  

The sessions will be divided into: 1. Experimental evidence of physical processes in soils and their experimental characterisation, 2. Modelling micromechanical properties and processes with discrete mechanics, and 3. Continuum modelling of micromechanical processes with macromechanics. The modelling sessions should focus on models that actively account for experimental observations.

DEADLINE AND SUBMISSION: Abstracts are invited to be submitted to the organisers by 30th April 2020 (respecting the format suggested by ALERT). Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to give a presentation within the appropriate mini-session.    

Faculty position at Polytechnique Montreal – GÉOTECHNIQUE

Polytechnique Montréal is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position in geotechnical engineering. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

– frozen ground engineering

– transportation geotechnics

– unsaturated soil mechanics

– energy foundations

Full description of the position and the required documents for the application can be found at the following link: https://www.polymtl.ca/carriere/en/offres-demploi/civil-engineering-professor-nordic-geotechnical-engineering-transportation-geotechnics-unsaturated

Attached file.