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Finite Element Method: Concepts and Applications in Geomechanics

For the last three decades, numerical methods have found a wide range of applications in geomechanics. Of all the numerical methods, the finite element method (FEM) has the maximum applications in geomechanics. This book offers an insight into applications of FEM in designing, analyzing and optimizing structures or excavations made in the rock mass. A fine blend of finite element methodology and principles of rock mechanics, the text emphasizes the basics of stress-strain analysis, isoparametric finite element method, rock mass yielding/failure behaviour and its formulation in FEM procedure, and joint behaviour (as equivalent material and discrete system).

Key Features

  • In-depth analysis of strength and deformability of jointed rock mass is provided.
  • Many worked-out examples, including the tunnel examples, are interspersed throughout the text to help the readers grasp the concepts easily.
  • The use of finite element method in elastic and elastic-plastic rock joints is discussed.

Besides senior undergraduate and postgraduate students in civil (including geotechnical) and mining engineering, the book will also benefit the practising engineers and researchers who wish to acquaint themselves with state-of-the-art techniques of FEM.

Author: Debasis Deb, PhD
Published in 2006 by Wide Publishing.
ISBN 978-8120329836

Author Profile:

Dr. Debasis Deb is currently an Associate Professor of Geo-Mechanics in the Department of Mining Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He did B.Tech (Mining) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur India. He completed his Masters (Mining) and PhD (Mining) from University of Alabama. He did a long post-doctoral stint at Mining Egg at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. The book is a text book designed for the course in Geomechanics that he conducts at the Department of Mining Engineering.

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