Macroelement modelling

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    Numerical modelling using a full finite element or finite difference analysis may be ultimately necessary but may be a heavy-handed way of seeking insight into some aspects of a problem of geotechnical behaviour. Theoretical modelling may only be possible for rather restricted problems. Macroelement modelling may be a helpful intermediate way of introducing some realistic geotechnical nonlinearity in order, for example, to compare different constitutive possibilities or perhaps just to provide a rapid 'order-ofmagnitude' estimate of response against which the results of more extensive numerical modelling—or physical modelling—can be compared. Equally, physical or numerical modelling may itself provide clues concerning mechanisms of system response which may suggest ways in which simple macroelement models might be devised. It will be seen that this has indeed been the route for the development of some of the macroelement models outlined here. We will describe three examples of analysis of soil-structure interaction using a macroelement approach. Two of these are closely related — the lateral deflection of a pile or pipeline or tunnel as the surrounding ground moves. The third is a dynamic analysis of a gravity retaining wall.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMechanical behaviours of soils under environmentally induced cyclic loads
    EditorsClaudio Di Prisco, David Muir Wood
    Place of PublicationNew York
    Number of pages40
    ISBN (Print)9783709110683
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Publication series

    NameInternational Centre for Mechanical Sciences (CISM), Courses and lectures


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