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Title: Shakedown analysis in geotechnical engineering
Author: Faria,
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1999
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Many problems in geotechnology are concerned with the response of earth materials to cyclic loads. These loads are either generated by forces of nature such as sea waves, currents, winds, and earthquakes or as a consequence of engineering operations such as blasting, pile driving and rotating machines. For most design purposes related to static loads it is logical to use as a design basis either the elastic range where no plastic deformation occurs or the plastic range, in which large plastic deformation can occur. However, when cyclic loading is involved few design methods are available since a pattern for the response of the body to cyclic loads is not well known. When a body is subjected to cyclic loading some modes of adaptation or non adaptation can occur as a response to the loads such as elastic shakedown, alternating plasticity and ratchetting. Despite its extensive use in structural problems very few applications of the shakedown approach to soil masses can be found in literature. Therefore the present work aims to extend the elastic shakedown concepts to geotechnical problems. Initially the shakedown concepts are introduced, its theorems and their importance for geomechanical problems are highlighted. Later the use of Melan's static shakedown theorem for the present study is shown. Shakedown analyses of plane stress and plane strain problems are presented. In this study the shakedown formulation is based on the concept of a residual stress field obtained by means of a numerical formulation using a visco-plastic algorithm. Two numerical codes linked with a mesh generator were implemented as tools for the treatment of the shakedown problems. Numerical examples and applications are shown to illustrate the usefulness of the present approach.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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