TC103 Numerical Methods in Geomechanics

Numerical Methods

TC103 Numerical Methods in Geomechanics is one of the technical committees of International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). TC103 aims to provide a forum for all interested members of ISSMGE to explore the using of computational tools and developing of advanced numerical methods to solve problems relevant to soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering. TC103 will deal with the following important technical issues:

a) Constitutive modeling, calibrations of complex soil behavior and engineering problems such as instability, strain localization and progressive failure of soil or rock structures;

b) Advanced procedures for model validation and verification;

c) The development of accurate, robust and efficient numerical methods for applications of varying needs;

d) Modeling of coupled phenomena that are useful across geotechnical engineering, rock engineering, petroleum engineering, geothermal engineering;

e) Assisting and promotion of exchange of knowledge between the academia and practicing engineers.

TC103 will focus on the following thematic topics relevant to soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering:

a) Investigation on effective predictive approaches to better understanding of coupled behavior in geomaterials (such as thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical coupling), various instabilities modes such as strain localization, liquefaction, large deformation, underground water flow and contamination, erosion and rapid flow in geomaterials, thermo-related geomechanics;

b) Development of advanced constitutive models to characterize the complex behavior of geomaterials, including elasto-plasticity, visco-plasticity, hypoplasticity, cyclic-plasticity, soil/rock degradation, strain softening, rate-dependency and anisotropy;

c) Development of advanced predictive tools based on new numerical and analytical techniques, such as Finite Element Method (FEM), Extended Finite Element Method (X-FEM), Boundary Element Method (BEM), Material Point Method (MPM), coupled Discrete Element Method (DEM) and FEM, Moving Particle Semi-implicit (MPS) method, Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) method and Multiscale Modeling (MM) method.

d) Numerical implementation and calibration of advanced soil models using laboratory and field testing data; determination of model parameters using back analysis, and homogenization of locally heterogeneous geomaterials.

e) Critical evaluation of existing prediction approaches among the empirical methods, laboratory testing, simple elastic and/or elasto-plastic methods and limit analysis, and various comprehensive numerical methods.

f) Transfer of new knowledge to and training practicing engineers of the ISSMGE to address important engineering issues in dealing with natural hazards; promotion of exchange of ideas and experience between academics and practitioners.

TC103 will promote the dissemination of knowledge and practice to the member of ISSMGE on employing advanced numerical methods to facilitate deeper understanding of fundamental behavior of geomaterials and to help solving difficult problems that are of practical importance. TC103 members will be encouraged to

a) actively engage in organizing/co-organizing workshops/symposiums/conferences to facilitate the exchange of ideas and advances in computational geomechanics among academics and practitioners.

b) deliver keynote lectures and introductory lectures to the public on latest developments and new trends on numerical methods with an emphasis on geomechanics.

c) develop various schemes to draw the active participation of broad ISSMGE members. Typical examples of these include online survey of typical software packages used for their research/work, challenging problems/difficulties they have encountered or are facing in their daily work of numerical analysis. Benchmark test competitions will also be planned for all interested members to participate to test the performance of their own packing/numerical schemes on solving the same problem.

TC103 will actively seek opportunities to interact with geotechnical industry as well as other organization/society relevant to computational geomechanics. We shall encourage all regional societies to recommend experienced practicing engineering to join our technical committee. We shall also encourage them to organize various sessions with practice-oriented topics and discussion sessions with academics involved. TC103 will also actively seek collaborative opportunities to other ISSMGE technical committees as well as other professional societies to promote the advance of numerical methods in geomechanics and geotechnical engineering.

# Type Full Name Country
1 Chair Akira Murakami Japan
2 Vice Chair Helmut F. Schweiger Austria
3 Secretary Giovanna Biscontin United Kingdom
4 Nominated by TC Chair Ryosuke Uzuoka Japan
5 Nominated by TC Chair John S. McCartney United States
6 Nominated by TC Chair Jidong Zhao Hong Kong
7 Nominated by TC Chair Seung Jae Lee United States
8 Nominated Member Arman Khoshghalb Australia
9 Nominated Member Michael Hicks Netherlands
10 Corresponding Member Veselin Zarev Germany
11 Corresponding Member Minna Karstunen United Kingdom
12 Nominated Member Charles Augarde United Kingdom
13 Nominated Member Lidija Zdravkovic United Kingdom
14 Nominated Member DIEGO GUILLERMO MANZANAL Argentina
15 Nominated Member RICARDO SCHIAVA Argentina
16 Nominated Member Kaustav Chatterjee India
17 Nominated Member K. Rajagopal India
18 Nominated Member Achilleas Papadimitriou Greece
19 Nominated Member David Masin Czech & Slovak Republics
20 Nominated Member MÁRCIO FARIAS Brazil
21 Nominated Member Claudio Tamagnini Italy
22 Nominated Member Donatella Sterpi Italy
23 Corresponding Member K.T. Chau Hong Kong
24 Corresponding Member Ali Karrech Australia
25 Corresponding Member Pablo Mira Spain
26 Corresponding Member Germán López Pineda Spain
27 Corresponding Member João Manso Portugal
28 Nominated Member Zsolt Szilvagyi Hungary
29 Nominated Member Mirva Gega Albania
30 Nominated Member Sergio Castro Peru
31 Nominated Member António Gonçalves Pedro Portugal
32 Nominated Member Andrzej Truty Poland
33 Nominated Member Long Phung Vietnam
34 Nominated Member George Belokas Greece
35 Corresponding Member Richard Wan Canada
36 Corresponding Member Omer Faruk usluogullari Turkey
37 Corresponding Member Sadik Oztoprak Turkey
38 Nominated Member Antonio Gens Spain
39 Nominated Member Oliver Stelzer Germany
40 Nominated Member Jürgen Grabe Germany
41 Nominated Member Teresa Freitas Portugal
42 Nominated Member Fahd CUIRA France
43 Nominated Member Julian Kwan Hong Kong
44 Nominated Member Johnny Cheuk Hong Kong
45 Nominated Member Dipanjan Basu United States
46 Corresponding Member Guiseppe Buscarnera United States
47 Nominated Member huina Yuan China
48 Nominated Member Maosong Huang China
49 Nominated Member Erion Bukaci Albania
50 Nominated Member Kenichi Maeda Japan
51 Nominated Member Toshihiro Noda Japan
52 Nominated Member Ignacio González Tejada Spain
53 Nominated Member Marcin Cudny Poland
54 Nominated Member Lars Andresen Norway
55 Corresponding Member muge İnanir Turkey
56 Nominated Member François NICOT France
57 Nominated Member Indra Noer Hamdhan Indonesia
58 Corresponding Member Jinhyun Choo Hong Kong
59 Corresponding Member Ha Bui Australia
60 Nominated Member Mohamed Shahin Australia
61 Nominated Member Mehmet Baris Can Ulker Turkey
62 Nominated Member Mustafa Koc Turkey
63 Corresponding Member Valérie Whenham Belgium
64 Nominated Member Leen Vincke Belgium
65 Nominated Member Robert Charlier Belgium
66 Nominated Member Mohammad reza Imam Iran
67 Nominated Member Minna Karstunen Sweden
68 Nominated Member V.P. DYBA Russia
69 Corresponding Member Fusao Oka Japan

TC 103 Session at the 16th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

TC 103 is organising a session at the 16th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, on October 16-19, 2019 in Taipei (

Coupled Problems 2019, June 3-5 in Barcelona

TC 103 Chair Prof Murakami and Prof Hashiguchi are organising an invited section on Numerical Analysis in Geomechanics at the 8th International Conference on Computational Methods for Coupled Problems in Science and Engineering (COUPLED PROBLEMS 2019) in Sitges (Spain)

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Host Member Society: Japan

Short name: Numerical Methods (TC103) - Terms of Reference - to be approved

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