Here is a very nice initiative by the TC105 of the ISSMGE: https://www.issmge.org/news/tc105-dem-round-robin-test
We hope that many groups from the ALERT-Geomaterials community will join this initiative!
Please note that the deadline to show an expression of interest to join the activity is November 30, 2019.
It is well understood that microscopic interactions between water menisci and soil particles govern the macroscopic mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils. However, how water repellency affects those interactions is largely unknown. Successfully accounting for the effect of repellency on soil hydro-mechanical behaviour could yield significant benefits to geotechnical design. Soil water repellency naturally arises due to the deposition of plant oils or humic substances or after severe heating episodes, for example wildfires. Artificial treatments can, however, also be used to render soils permanently hydrophobic. Such treatment might be desirable to deter infiltration, for example in engineered cover systems where waste exposure to water may result in severe contamination of the surrounding landscape.
This project will exploit state-of-the-art experimental techniques to examine the evolution of water-repellent soil hydro-mechanical behaviour on the microstructural (water retention and pore size evolution) and macrostructural (strength and stiffness) scales. The project will take advantage of the long-term strong collaborative relationships between leading UK universities studying unsaturated soil behaviour to deliver an engaging and rewarding PhD experience.
Mini-symposium at WCCM ECCOMAS 2020
We are delighted to invite you to speak in our mini-symposium, Acoustic Waves and Effective Mechanical Properties in Granular Media – the Mircromechanical Perspective, at the 14th World Congress in Computational Mechanics (https://www.wccm-eccomas2020.org/frontal/) to be held next July in Paris, FR.
The aim of the symposium is to bring together a broad range of specialists
in the experimental, numerical simulation and theoretical modelling of granular
materials in order to facilitate valuable knowledge exchange, and form fruitful
new collaborations between modellers and experimentalists. A full description
of the symposium can be found in the link given below:
If you are interested in speaking at the symposium, you can submit your
dates are listed below:
– December 15, 2019: Deadline for presenting a one page abstract;
– February 28, 2020: Acceptance of the contributions and instructions
for writing the final one page abstract;
– April 1, 2020: Deadline for submitting the final abstract and
early bird registration.
For the field of Data Science in Geotechnical and Underground Engineering pursuant to § 99 para. 5 of Universities Act for woman
At the Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling 40 hours per week
We have immediate opening for this fully funded position (40 hours a week) available at the Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling at Graz University of Technology. Upon agreement on a qualification agreement, the candidate will be appointed as assistant professor.
More information in the attached file:
We invite submission of abstracts for the minisymposium MS132 – COMPUTATIONAL MODELLING OF INTERNAL EROSION as part of the 14th World Congress in Computational Mechanics and ECCOMAS Congress 2020 (Paris, July 19-24 2020, https://www.wccm-eccomas2020.org).
The minisymposium is organised under the auspices of GdRI GeoMech.
For more information please read https://www.wccm-eccomas2020.org/admin/Files/FileAbstract/a132.pdf
Instructions for authors are available at https://www.wccm-eccomas2020.org/frontal/Autor.asp
Important dates are listed below:
– December 15, 2019: Deadline for presenting a one page abstract;
– February 28, 2020: Acceptance of the contributions and instructions for writing the final one page abstract;
– April 1, 2020: Deadline for submitting the final abstract and early bird registration.
Applications are welcomed for a Postdoctoral position at GeoRessources laboratory, University of Lorraine (France). He/she will notably collaborate to the CIGEO research project of Andra and should design and supervise experimental tests for characterizing thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) behavior of argillaceous rocks. Duration: 1 year (renewable).
More information in the attachment.
Applications are welcome for a PhD position to investigate the dynamic impact of construction works on neighboring freshly installed concrete structures within the soil (e.g. piles). The research will focus on numerical and experimental investigations with focus on geodynamics. The project is available to candidates holding a master degree (M.Sc.) in civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, earth science or similar.
Strong interest and experience in numerical methods in geomechanics, constitutive modelling and/or soil dynamics are advantageous. The candidate should have very good knowledge in English (writing/reading/speaking). German language skills are eligible.
Full description of the position along with the details on how to apply can be found in the following line:
Further enquiries on the vacancy can be directed to Prof. Sascha Henke:
The closing date for the application is September 30th, 2019.
The 2020 ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute International Conference is on 5th-8th of April 2020 and will be held at Durham University (www.emi2020-ic.com). A number of mini-symposia are organised for research on “Mechanics of Granular Materials and Coupled Systems”, including:
– MS-51: Granular Systems: Imaging, Modelling and Understanding
– MS-52: Analysis and Methods for the Simulation of Deformation, Failure and Coupled Processes Across Scales
– MS-53: Characterisation and Modelling of Particle Shape
– MS-54: Constitutive and Numerical Modelling in Geotechnics
Abstract Submission is now open and the deadline is on of 15th of November, 2019. Access to submission is provided from the conference website (www.emi2020-ic.com) or directly at: https://www.openconf.org/emi2020ic/
For full details on each mini-symposia please visit: https://sites.durham.ac.uk/emi2020-ic/accepted-minisymposiums/
The registration for the ALERT Geomaterials Workshop and School 2019 is open now! Find the preliminary program of the Workshop and school here. Please read the hints in the registration form! After filling the form and pressing the button “Register”, a window will open with your invoice. Please print the window with the invoice for your records! You will also get an email with the registration data afterwards. In case of the registration of the ALERT members, the corresponding representative of the ALERT institution will receive the registration data too.
Link to the registration form (inscriptions closed)
The deadline for the registration is the September 18th! The accommodation in Aussois will be processed in the order of the registrations (see the hints in the registration form). Please note that the number of rooms in the CNRS “Centre Paul Langevin“ is limited.
See also hints on how to get to Aussois!
Applications are welcome for a PhD position to investigate the response
of soils subjected to variations of temperature and water flow conditions
through an experimental campaign involving both conventional and
state-of-the-art laboratory testing. The project is available to all students,
whether home, EU or overseas. The successful candidate should possess at
minimum a masters and undergraduate degree in civil engineering, geotechnical
engineering, earth science or a similar field. Strong interest and experience
on experimental soil mechanics is an essential requirement of this project. The
PhD student will get full access to the state-of-the-art facilities of the
Geotechnical and GeoMaterials Laboratory at Heriot-Watt University, which
includes equipment for unsaturated soil testing (e.g. unsaturated triaxial, oedometer
and direct shear apparatus, pressure cells, temperature & environmental
chambers) as well as standard geotechnical testing.
Full description of the position along with the details on how to apply
can be found in the following link:
Further enquiries on the vacancy can be directed to Dr. Melis Sutman: M.Sutman@hw.ac.uk
The closing date for the applications is October 21st, 2019.