Advances in Multi-Physics and Multi-ScaleCouplings in Geo-Environmental Mechanics

Advances in Multi-Physics and Multi-ScaleCouplings  in Geo-Environmental Mechanics

Edited by

François Nicot, IRSTEA, Grenoble, France
Olivier Millet, La Rochelle University, France

ISBN : 9781785482786

Publication Date : November 2017

Hardcover 388 pp

150.00 USD



Advances in Multi-Physics and Multi-Scale Couplings in Geo-Environmental Mechanics reunites some of the most recent work from the French research group MeGe GDR (National Research Group on Multiscale and Multiphysics Couplings in Geo-Environmental Mechanics) on the theme of multi-scale and multi-physics modeling of geomaterials, with a special focus on micromechanical aspects.

Its offers readers a glimpse into the current state of scientific knowledge in the field, together with the most up-to-date tools and methods of analysis available.

Each chapter represents a study with a different viewpoint, alternating between phenomenological/micro-mechanically enriched and purely micromechanical approaches. Throughout the book, contributing authors will highlight advances in geomaterials modeling, while also pointing out practical implications for engineers.

Topics discussed include multi-scale modeling of cohesive-less geomaterials, including multi-physical processes, but also the effects of particle breakage, large deformations on the response of the material at the specimen scale and concrete materials, together with clays as cohesive geomaterials.

The book concludes by looking at some engineering problems involving larger scales.


1. Multi-Scale and Multi-Physics Modeling of the Contact Interface Using DEM and Coupled DEM-FEM Approach,
Mohamed Guessasma, Valery Bourny, Hamza Haddad, Charles Machado, Eddy Chevallier, Aymen Tekaya, Willy Leclerc, Robert Bouzerar, Khaled Bourbatache, Christine Pélegris, Emmanuel Bellenger and Jérôme Fortin.
2. Adsorption-induced Instantaneous Deformation in Double Porosity Media: Modeling and Experimental Validations,
Laurent Perrier, Frédéric Plantier, Gilles Pijaudier-Cabot and David Gregoire.
3. Granular Materials: Mesoscale Structures and Modeling,
Zhu Huaxiang, Hélène Magoariec, Eric Vincens, François Nicot, Bernard Cambou and Félix Darve.
4. Behavior of Granular Materials Affected by Grain Breakage,
Christophe Dano, Carlos Ovalle, Zhen-Yu Yin, Ali Daouadji and Pierre-Yves Hicher.
5. Multi-scale Modeling of the Mechanical Behaviour of Clays,
Zhen-Yu Yin and Pierre-Yves Hicher.
6. Modeling of Complex Microcracking in Quasi-Brittle Materials: Numerical Methods and Experimental Validations,
Thanh Tung Nguyen, Julien Yvonnet, Michel Bornert and Camille Chateau.
7. Multi-Scale Methods for the Analysis of Creep-Damage Coupling in Concrete,
Mounia Farah, Jacqueline Saliba, Frédéric Grondin and Ahmed Loukili.
8. Effect of Variability of Porous Media Properties on Drying Kinetics: Application to Cement-based Materials,
Nabil Issaadi, Abdelkarim Aït-Mokhtar, Rafik Belarbi and Ameur Hamami.
9. State of the Art on the Likelihood of Internal Erosion of Dams and Levees by Means of Testing,
Pierre-Yves Hicher, Didier Marot and Luc Sibille.
10. Mechanical Stability of River Banks Submitted to Fluctuations of the Water Level,
Sambath Ky, Juan Martinez and Soksan Chun.

About the authors

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.

Olivier Millet is Professor in Mechanics and Civil Engineering at La Rochelle University in France. Until recently, he was the head of MeGe GDR.