Geomechanics of Failures. Advanced Topics

  • Eduardo E. Alonso
  • Núria M. Pinyol
  • Alexander M. Puzrin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Landslides

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Eduardo E. Alonso, Núria M. Pinyol, Alexander M. Puzrin
      Pages 3-32
    3. Eduardo E. Alonso, Núria M. Pinyol, Alexander M. Puzrin
      Pages 33-81
  3. Embankments and Dams

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Eduardo E. Alonso, Núria M. Pinyol, Alexander M. Puzrin
      Pages 85-127
    3. Eduardo E. Alonso, Núria M. Pinyol, Alexander M. Puzrin
      Pages 129-164
  4. Dynamics of Failures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Eduardo E. Alonso, Núria M. Pinyol, Alexander M. Puzrin
      Pages 167-250
    3. Eduardo E. Alonso, Núria M. Pinyol, Alexander M. Puzrin
      Pages 251-273
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 275-277

About this book

Introduction

The backbone of Geotechnical Engineering does not concern the development of more or less sophisticated tools and theories. It remains in a previous step. When facing a real problem it is necessary to isolate its fundamental aspects and to achieve a correct conceptual representation of its nature. This phase requires abstract thinking, which is certainly assisted by a proper understanding of paradigms and theories of Soil and Rock Mechanics. The process of abstract thinking with the aim of identifying the key issues usually renounces to complexity and secondary details. To be successful, concepts should be simple and rooted on well established mechanical and physical knowledge. Only when the relevant mechanisms or phenomena which define the problem are well understood, additional sophistication may be added for a more accurate analysis or interpretation. This book remains in this first "simple" stage.

The correct identification of the essential traits of a geotechnical situation relies heavily also on accumulated experience and on educated intuition. But, how to educate intuition and how to transfer practical experience?

Geotechnical failures, specially the catastrophic ones, are an excellent experience and a source of inspiration to improve our current understanding of phenomena and our procedures and tools for analysis and prediction. This unconventional manner to learn Geomechanics is the essence of this book which teaches how to build the necessary models to understand failures. Balance and equilibrium equations are formulated at different scales which are selected having in mind the abstract representation of the key concepts of each case.

Keywords

Fundament civil engineering dams embankments equations failure failures geotechnical engineering impoundment landslides modeling numerical methods soil mechanics

Authors and affiliations

  • Eduardo E. Alonso
    • 1
  • Núria M. Pinyol
    • 2
  • Alexander M. Puzrin
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. Geotechnical EngineeringCivil Engineering SchoolBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Methods in Engineering (CIMNE)International Center for NumericalBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Institut für GeotechnikETH ZürichZürichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-3538-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-3537-0
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-3538-7
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