Failure in Geomaterials – A Contemporary Treatise

It is our pleasure to announce the edition of a new Treatise that falls within the scope of the GDRI:

Failure in Geomaterials offers a unified view of material failure as an instability of deformation modes framed within the theory of bifurcation.

Authors: Richard Wan, Francois Nicot and Felix Darve

Using mathematical rigor, logic, physical reasoning and basic principles of mechanics, the authors develop the fundamentals of failure in geomaterials based on the second-order work criterion. Various forms of rupture modes and material instabilities in granular materials are explored both analytically and numerically with lab experimental observations on sand as a backdrop. The authors provide a clear picture of inelastic deformations and failure of geomaterials under various loading conditions. After a detailed presentation of the fundamentals (Part 1), engineering  applications are discussed in the second part of the Treatise.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Fundamentals

  1. Characteristics of Failure in Geomaterials.
  2. Failure in Continuum Geomechanics.
  3. The Second-Order Work Criterion.
  4. Numerical and Experimental Investigations of Bifurcations.
  5. Hierarchy of Failure Modes.

Part 2. Applications

  1. Second-Order Work in Boundary Value Problems.
  2. Engineering Applications.
  3. Soil Erosion as an Instability Problem.

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