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Granular Geomechanics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781785480713, 9780081010839

Granular Geomechanics

1st Edition

Author: Matthew Kuhn
Hardcover ISBN: 9781785480713
eBook ISBN: 9780081010839
Imprint: ISTE Press - Elsevier
Published Date: 5th April 2017
Page Count: 274
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Granular Geomechanics provides a comprehensive exploration of soils as granular materials and the manner in which a soil’s engineering properties form grain-scale mechanics. The book focuses on granular composition and packing, grain interactions, discrete granular modeling and continuum constitutive modeling.

Key Features

  • Provides a coherent presentation on granular geomechanics for engineers
  • Presents essential background information in each chapter, along with a list of works for further study
  • Uses tensor notation, also including a brief explanation of conventions and operations in the book's appendix


Graduate-level engineering students seeking a general understanding and overview of the topic, tool at seminar course on granular mechanics, research libraries. It will provide background information for the physics community, as these researchers are becoming more interested in engineering topics to granular materials

Table of Contents

1: Fabric, Stress, and Strain

  • Abstract
  • 1.1 Particle size and shape
  • 1.2 Granular fabric
  • 1.3 Granular stress
  • 1.4 Granular deformation

2: Contact Interaction

  • Abstract
  • 2.1 Contact kinematics
  • 2.2 Contact mechanics: normal force
  • 2.3 Contact mechanics: tangential force
  • 2.4 Contact mechanics: rolling resistance

3: Numerical Simulation

  • Abstract
  • 3.1 Numerical methods for discrete particle systems
  • 3.2 Discrete element method
  • 3.3 Stiffness matrix methods
  • 3.4 Contact dynamics method

4: Loading, Movement, and Strength

  • Abstract
  • 4.1 Deformation and strength
  • 4.2 Trends in movements and rotations
  • 4.3 Coordination number, redundancy and contact longevity
  • 4.4 Anisotropy induced by loading
  • 4.5 Density distribution of contact force
  • 4.6 Effects of macro- and micro-scale characteristics
  • 4.7 Localization and patterning


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About the Author

Matthew Kuhn

Matthew R Kuhn is a Professor of Civil Engineering. He obtained a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987. He has worked as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Portland from1987 to 1993 then as an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1993 to 2005 and has worked since 2005 as a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Portland. His research interests are Geotechnical Engineering, with emphasis in granular mechanics, constitutive modeling and material instabilities.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Portland

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