micro to MACRO mathematical modelling in soil mechanics

micro to MACRO mathematical modelling in soil mechanics


Three Symposia on granular or porous issues have already been held in Reggio Calabria with the participation of many outstanding scholars in the field. The new proposed Symposium will be an occasion to enhance the scientific debate about the construction of mathematical models for the description of the physical behaviour of soils, as well as about the suggestions obtained from the micro-mechanical observation of the matter.

The attention will be focused on the comparison between the appropriateness of models and the needs of mathematics to get rigorous results. Skills from applied mathematical physics, geotechnical engineering and mechanics are then involved. As is well known granular matter displays, in fact, subtle complexity. Phenomena like strain localization, liquefaction of solids, cyclic mobility, effects of diagenesis, weathering, compaction and segregation may imply sophisticated models and sometime render questionable traditional approaches. Moreover, these models suggest non-trivial mathematical problems that are interesting per se. Engineering requests of applicability need also to be satisfied for civil and geotechnical purposes. All these issues may be open to discussion during the Symposium, though the emphasis will be on modelling: higher order continua, incrementally non-linear laws, micro-mechanical considerations must be taken into account.



DICEAM, University of Reggio Calabria

Contact Information

  • Contact person: Giuseppe Mortara
  • Address: Via Graziella, Feo di Vito
  • Phone: +39 0965 1692 271
  • Fax: +39 0965 1692 201
  • Email: giuseppe.mortara@unirc.it





Additional Information

Main Topics continuum modelling mechanics of porous materials multiphase flows discrete element modelling micro-macro in soil-mechanics granular flows transport phenomena in particulate materials hydro-thermo-chemo mechanical coupling mechanics o