1. Coarse Granular Materials: From Particle Behaviour to Large-Scale Structures


Eduardo Alonso


Part A (50’)

  • The relevance of rockfill in Civil Engineering and observed performance
  • Early experimental information
  • Summary of main features
  • Particle breakage
    • Velocity of crack propagation in brittle rocks
  • Suction controlled experiment
    • Compressibility. Short and long term behaviour
    • Triaxial testing. Yielding of rockfill
    • Size effects
  • An elastoplastic constitutive model

Part B (50′)

  • DEM modelling
    • Why DEM. Towards a realistic model
    • Stress state in particles and particle breakage
    • The model
    • Simulation of oedometer tests. Model parameters
    • Predicting RH controlled triaxial tests
    • Time effects

Part C (50′)

  • A case study: Beliche Dam

Supporting organization



Prof. Lyesse Laloui, EPFL
Prof. Alessio Ferrari, EPFL

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