Geomechanics of Failures

Authors: Puzrin, Alexander M., Alonso, Eduardo E., Pinyol, Núria M.

  • Ideal textbook combining well-known appealing cases with problems and solutions in a structural approach

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About this Textbook

It is not an easy task to fascinate a student with a standard course on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. If, however, the same material is presented as a tool to explore a natural or a man-made "disaster", both the motivation and the ability to absorb this material increase dramatically. The case studies in this book could help to build an introductory Forensic Geotechnical Engineering course, covering such basic topics as settlements, bearing capacity and excavations.

The failure cases considered in this book have something in common – they can be all reasonably well explained using so called "back-of-the-envelope" calculations, i.e., without sophisticated models requiring finite element analysis. These simple methods based on clear mechanical considerations are the endangered species of the computer dominated era, though sometimes they could prevent a disaster caused by a wrong application of computer models. In particular, the upper bound limit analysis has repeatedly proven itself as a powerful tool allowing for sufficiently accurate estimates of the failure loads and leaving a lot of room for creativity.

No one is exempt from making mistakes, but repeating well known mistakes reveals a gap in education. One of the objectives of this book is to attempt bridging this gap, at least partially. More failure cases covering a larger area of geotechnical problems are included into the companion book "Geomechanics of Failures: Advanced Topics" by the same authors.

About the authors

Alexander M. Puzrin, born in 1965, studied Structural Engineering at Moscow Institute of Civil Engineers (1982-1987) and Applied Mathematics at Moscow State University (1990). He received his Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in 1997, where he joined the faculty. In 2002 he became a faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA). He has been Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the ETH Zurich since 2004. Prof. Puzrin has been involved as an expert in geotechnical projects in Russia, Israel and Switzerland. His expertise lies in progressive and catastrophic failure and constitutive modeling of geomaterials. He is the author of more than 60 papers. Awards: Technion Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001; ASCE (Student Chapter) Outstanding Faculty Award in 2003; ICE Bishop Medal in 2004.

Eduardo E. Alonso, born in 1947, got his degree in Civil Engineeering (Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos) in Madrid in June 1969. He got a PhD in Northwestern University in 1973. At present he is Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the UPC in Barcelona. He is the author of more than 300 papers published in Proceedings of Conferences and learned journals. Professional activities include foundation problems, deep excavations, nuclear power plants, slope stability, breakwaters, earthdams, tunneling and underground waste disposal. Awards: Thomas Telford Medal (ICE) in 1994 and 2007; Crampton Prize (ICE) in 2006; J. Torán Prize in 1995; N. Monturiol medal in 2000; Second Coulomb lecturer in 2003 and Eleventh Buchanan Lecturer, Texas A&M in 2003; Tenth Sowers Lecturer, GeorgiaTech, Atlanta in 2005. He is member of the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain since 1995 and member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Art of Barcelona since 2007.

Núria M. Pinyol, born in 1978, got her degree in Civil Engineering (Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos) in Barcelona in June 2004. At present she is a Researcher of the International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE, Barcelona). She has worked on the development of constitutive models for bonded expansive soils and in the analysis and modeling of the geotechnical behaviour of earth and rockfill dams. One of her papers ("A review of Beliche dam") was awarded the Crampton Prize (ICE, UK) in 2006. Her main research interests are: behavior of unsaturated soils, expansive soils and rocks, hard soils and soft rocks, numerical analysis in Geomechanics, dams, slope stability and rapid slides.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“The main goal of this text is to illustrate how basic concepts in soil mechanics can be used as a ‘forensic’ tool in the investigation of geotechnical failures. … provide a detailed and step-by-step description of the hypothesis introduced and of the analysis performed. … Each chapter is self-contained and provides a review of soil mechanics principles and methods. The target audience is undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and practising professionals in the field of Civil and Geotechnical engineering.” (International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment, Vol. 25 (1), March, 2011)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Interaction between Neighbouring Structures: Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico

    Puzrin, A. M. (et al.)

    Pages 3-22

  • Unexpected Excessive Settlements: Kansai International Airport, Japan

    Puzrin, A. M. (et al.)

    Pages 23-43

  • Leaning Instability: The Tower of Pisa, Italy

    Puzrin, A. M. (et al.)

    Pages 45-64

  • Bearing Capacity Failure: Transcona Grain Elevator, Canada

    Puzrin, A. M. (et al.)

    Pages 67-84

  • Caisson Failure Induced by Liquefaction: Barcelona Harbour, Spain

    Puzrin, A. M. (et al.)

    Pages 85-148

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eBook $69.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Geomechanics of Failures
Authors
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-3531-8
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-3531-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-3530-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9397-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 245
Topics