Constitutive Modelling of Granular Materials / Edition 1

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In view of their extreme complexity, mathematical descriptions of the mechanical behavior of granular materials are very difficult to formul ate. Today, many different models compete with each other. However, th e complexity of the models hinders their comparison, and the potential users are confused and often, discouraged. This book is expected to s erve as a milestone in the present situation, to evaluate the present methods, clear up the situation, and focus and encourage further resea rch activities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540669197
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 4/26/2000
  • Series: Engineering Online Library
  • Edition description: 2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 554
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Table of Contents

The misery of constitutive modelling; Does engineering need science; The role of models in civil engineering; Hypoplasticity then and now; A review of two different approaches to hypoplasticity; Uniqueness, second order work and bifurcation in hypoplasticity; Stationary states in hypoplasticity; Microscopic approach contributions to constitutive modelling; Discrete and continuum modelling of granular materials; 2nd Gradient constitutive models; Micro-mechanically based higher-order continuum models for granular materials; Relevant local variables for the change of scale in granular materials; On the physical background of soil strength; The influence of time derivative terms on the mechanical behaviour of loose sands; An approach to plasticity based on generalised thermodynamics; Comparison of hypoplasticity and elastoplastic modelling of undrained triaxial tests on loose sand; Hypoplastic and elastoplastic modelling - a comparison with test data; Strain response envelope: a complementary tool for evaluating hypoplastic constitutive equations; Modelling wathering effects on the mechanical behaviour of granite; A plasticity-based constitutive model for natural soils: a hierarchical approach; Experimental bases for a new incremental non-linear constitutive relation with 5 parameters; Implicit integration of hypoplastic models; Soil-water coupling analysis of progressive failure in cuts with a strain softening model; Advances in modelling soil anisotropy; Exemples of finite element calculations with the hypoplastic law; Hypoplastic simulation of complex loading paths.

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