Soil Fracture Mechanics

Soil Fracture Mechanics : Understanding Crack Propagation and Interaction in Soil Failure

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Soil Fracture Mechanics: Understanding Crack Propagation and Interaction in Soil Failure applies the concepts of fracture mechanics to the interaction and propagation of cracks in clay soils. While the most widespread methods of modeling and analysis lead to more conservative and higher security factors, the understanding of fundamentals and correct application of this theory to soils leads to more reliable and cost effective designs for slope stability and earth dams.

Topics covered include fissures in clay and its mechanic characteristics, an examination of stress analysis data and modeling techniques using current computation tools, basics of laboratory testing of fissured clays, and case studies on soil failure and modeling methodology. This book will help geotechnical engineers and researchers gain a better understanding of soil applications of fracture mechanics, incorporate tools to better understand soil failure, and develop better, more cost-effective designs for earthworks projects.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 366 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0128051884
  • 9780128051887

Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. Basic Principles of Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics Theory for Brittle Clays 3. Laboratory Tests on Fissured Clay Samples 4. Applications of Theoretical, Laboratory, and Numerical Approaches to Solve Geotechnical Engineering Problems 5. Conclusions
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About Luis Vallejo

Professor Luis E. Vallejo received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1977. He is currently a professor at the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department - University of Pittsburgh. He has published over 130 scientific articles, technical reports and conference papers in the area of Geotechnical Engineering and is currently member of the Editorial Board of the international journal: Geomechanics and Engineering, ASCE's Journal of Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering, and International Journal of Engineering Geology.
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