Application of Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering

Course Description

This course introduces students the application of numerical methods in geotechnical engineering. Basic background of the finite element (FE) and finite difference (FD) methods are briefly introduced with emphasis on geotechnical applications. A finite element commercial program (GeoStudio) is introduced to students to analyze geotechnical problems, especially using Sigma/W for stress and displacement modeling and Seep/W for seepage analysis. The course includes the following topics: Geotechnical analysis; Finite Element Theory for Linear Materials; Modeling of Shallow Foundations; Geotechnical Considerations; Finite Difference Method, Modeling of Construction and Excavations; Modeling of Seepage.


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