Failure in Geomaterials - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781785480096, 9780081010563

Failure in Geomaterials

1st Edition

A Contemporary Treatise

Authors: Richard Wan Francois Nicot Felix Darve
eBook ISBN: 9780081010563
Hardcover ISBN: 9781785480096
Imprint: ISTE Press - Elsevier
Published Date: 1st May 2016
Page Count: 222
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Failure in Geomaterials offers a unified view of material failure as an instability of deformation modes framed within the theory of bifurcation.

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.

A unique feature of the book is the systematic application of the developed theory to the failure analysis of some selected engineering problems such as soil nailing, landslides, energy resource extraction, and internal erosion in soils.

Key Features

  • Provides the fundamentals of the mechanics of geomaterials for a detailed background on the subject
  • Integrates a rigorous mathematical description of failure with mechanisms based on microstructure
  • Helps users apply mathematical models of solid mechanics to engineering practice
  • Contains a systematic development of the fundamentals of failure in heterogeneous multiphasic materials


Researchers, students, PhD candidates, academics and engineers in the fields of engineering, materials, civil engineering and geomaterials

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
6. Second-Order Work in Boundary Value Problems.
7. Engineering Applications.
8. Soil Erosion as an Instability Problem.


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About the Author

Richard Wan

Richard Wan is Professor with the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Calgary, Canada. He sits on the Editorial Board of several international journals and was the Vice-Chair of the TC103 (Numerical Methods) of the ISSMGE from 2009-2017.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Francois Nicot

François Nicot is Research Professor and head of the Geomechanics group at IRSTEA in Grenoble, France. He sits on the editorial boards of several international journals, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering.

Affiliations and Expertise

IRSTEA, Gremoble, France

Felix Darve

Félix Darve is Professor Emeritus at the University of Grenoble-Alpes, Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, France. He is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Grenoble-Alpes, France

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