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Final program

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: It is strongly recommended that you bring your own laptop to the course
(especially for the Wednesday afternoon session)

Monday, 25th May

Fundamentals of Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
09:00-09:15 Welcome address
09:15-10:35 Introduction and fundamental variables in unsaturated soils mechanics
E. Alonso
10:35-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:00 Reference behaviour of a low plasticity, open structure silty clay
E. Alonso
12:00-13:00 Elastoplastic modelling in unsaturated soils: an historical perspective
A. Gens
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30-15:30 Modelling the behaviour of expansive materials
A. Gens
15:30-16:30 Constitutive modelling of compacted soils
E. Alonso
16:30-16:50 Coffee break
16:50-17:50 Coupling mechanical response with strain dependent retention curve
J. Vaunat
Tuesday, 26th May

Laboratory and field testing of unsaturated materials
09:00-10:20 Vapour and liquid phase transfer techniques used in unsaturated soil testing
E. Romero
10:20-10:40 Coffee break
10:40-12:00 Water retention and transport properties of unsaturated materials
P. Delage
12:00-13:00 Physical modelling and field monitoring
Y.-J. Cui
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30-15:30 Exploring microstructural changes along HCM paths
E. Romero
15:30-15:50 Coffee break
15:50-17:00 Mechanical response of unsaturated materials
P. Delage
17:00-18:00 Visit to the Geotechnical Laboratory (several groups)
A. Lloret & E. Romero

Wednesday, 27th May

Numerical modelling
09:00-09:45 Governing equations in multiphase materials
S. Olivella
09:45-10:30 Implementation of coupled multi-phase/deformation problems
S. Olivella
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:00 Implementation of constitutive laws for unsaturated soils
J. Vaunat
12:00-13:00 Practical aspects of finite element implementation for unsaturated soil problems
A. Rodriguez-Dono
13:00-14:30 Lunch
Remember to bring your laptop to the Hands'on Session
14:30-18:00 Hands’on session: guided tutorial to the use of the Finite Element program Code_Bright
S. Olivella, J. Vaunat, A. Rodriguez-Dono, D. Ruiz, M. Mánica & A. di Mariano

Thursday, 28th May

Some advanced topics and current issues
09:00-10:00 Rockfill behaviour
E. Alonso
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-11:20 Thermodynamics bases of unsaturated soil behaviour
J.-M. Pereira
11:20-12:10 Modelling of unsaturated soils with hypoplasticity
D. Mašín
12:10-13:00 Assumptions and paradigms in modelling unsaturated soils
C. Jommi
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30-15:15 Exploring HM behaviour with advanced experimental techniques
E. Romero
15:15-16:00 Material Point Method in unsaturated materials
A. Yerro
16:00-16:20 Coffee break
16:20-17:05 Application of unsaturated soil mechanics concepts to the modelling of soil freezing
A. Gens
17:05-17:50 Soil-vegetation-atmosphere interactions
J. Vaunat
Friday, 29th May

The venue has changed to the Conference Room in Building C2

Practical applications and case studies
09:00-09:30 Sequential excavation in unsaturated soils
A. Topa
09:30-10:00 Shallow landslides induced by rainfall: from laboratory to field case
F. Casini
10:00-10:30 Water level drawdown in slopes and dams
E. Alonso
10:30-11:00 Modelling the behaviour of Beliche dam
E. Alonso
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:00 Foundations on collapsible soil: a case study
A. Gens
12:00-12:30 Degradation of marls due to suction changes: Impact in slope excavation and embankment construction
R. Cardoso
12:30-13:00 Engineered barriers
M. Sánchez
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30-15:00 Cracking in drying soils
A. Ledesma
15:00-15:30 Gas flow in soils and rocks
S. Olivella
15:30-16:30 Invited lecture
C. Santamarina
available shortly
16:30 Closure of the course

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darrera modificació: Juny 2015
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