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Multiscale Geomechanics

From Soil to Engineering Projects

Edited by Pierre-Yves Hicher, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France

ISBN: 9781848212466

Publication Date: November 2011   Hardback   416 pp.

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This book addresses the latest issues in multiscale geomechanics. Written by leading experts in the field as a tribute to Jean Biarez (1927-2006), it can be of great use and interest to researchers and engineers alike.
A brief introduction describes how a major school of soil mechanics came into being through the exemplary teaching by one man. Biarez's life-long work consisted of explaining the elementary mechanisms governing soil constituents in order to enhance understanding of the underlying scientific laws which control the behavior of constructible sites and to incorporate these scientific advancements into engineering practices.
He innovated a multiscale approach of passing from the discontinuous medium formed by individual grains to an equivalent continuous medium. The first part of the book examines the behavior of soils at the level of their different constituents and at the level of their interaction. Behavior is then treated at the scale of the soil sample.
The second part deals with soil mechanics from the vantage point of the construction project. It highlights Biarez's insightful adoption of the Finite Element Codes and illustrates, through numerous construction examples, his methodology and approach based on the general framework he constructed for soil behavior, constantly enriched by comparing in situ measurements with calculated responses of geostructures.


1. Jean Biarez: His Life and Work, Jean-Louis Bordes, Jean-Louis Favre and Daniel Grimm.
2. From Particle to Material Behavior: the Paths Chartered by Jean Biarez, Bernard Cambou and Cécile Nouguier-Lehon.
3. Granular Materials in Civil Engineering: Recent Advances in the Physics of Their Mechanical Behavior and Applications to Engineering Works, Etienne Frossard.
4. Waste Rock Behavior at High Pressures: Dimensioning High Waste Rock Dumps, Edgar Bard, María Eugenia Anabalón and José Campaña.
5. Models by Jean Biarez for the Behavior of Clean Sands and Remolded Clays at Large Strains, Jean-Louis Favre and Mahdia Hattab.
6. The Concept of Effective Stress in Unsaturated Soils, Said Taibi, Jean-Marie Fleureau, Sigit Hadiwardoyo, Hanène Souli and António Gomes Correia.
7. A Microstructural Model for Soils and Granular Materials, Pierre-Yves Hicher.
8. Modeling Landslides with a Material Instability Criterion, Florent Prunier, Sylvain Lignon, Farid Laouafa and Félix Darve.
9. Numerical Modeling: An Efficient Tool for Analyzing the Behavior of Constructions, Arezou Modaressi-Farahmand-Razavi.
10. Evaluating Seismic Stability of Embankment Dams, Jean-Jacques Fry.

About the Authors

Pierre-Yves Hicher is Professor of Civil Engineering at Ecole Centrale de Nantes in France, specializing in soil behavior and constitutive modeling. His publications are numerous and well-known, particularly an early work Elementary Mechanics of Soil Behaviour (1994) co-authored with Jean Biarez.


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