The Material Point Method for Geotechnical Engineering : A Practical Guide

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This practical guide provides the best introduction to large deformation material point method (MPM) simulations for geotechnical engineering. It provides the basic theory, discusses the different numerical features used in large deformation simulations, and presents a number of applications -- providing references, examples and guidance when using MPM for practical applications.

MPM covers problems in static and dynamic situations within a common framework. It also opens new frontiers in geotechnical modelling and numerical analysis. It represents a powerful tool for exploring large deformation behaviours of soils, structures and fluids, and their interactions, such as internal and external erosion, and post-liquefaction analysis; for instance the post-failure liquid-like behaviours of landslides, penetration problems such as CPT and pile installation, and scouring problems related to underwater pipelines. In the recent years, MPM has developed enough for its practical use in industry, apart from the increasing interest in the academic world.


'The authors present some examples of application of the Material Point Method to common geotechnical engineering problems, ranging from landslides and strutted excavations to the simulation of the cone penetration test. There is useful guidance on the basic computational background that underpins this particular numerical method… it is a book that I would want to have as a point of reference for MPM… It forms a reasonable foundation for researchers to expand the method towards the wider geotechnical landscape.'

-- Nick O’Riordan, Arup

EAN: 9780429650666