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Do, Phuong Chinh (author), Vardon, P.J. (author), Gonzalez Acosta, J.L. (author), Hicks, M.A. (author)
The material point method (MPM) is gaining an increasing amount of attention due to its capacity to solve geotechnical problems involving large deformations. Large deformations in geotechnics usually involve the failure process and therefore dynamic analyses are often carried out. However, simulating the (infinite) continuous domain using...
conference paper 2023
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Varkey, D. (author), Hicks, M.A. (author), van den Eijnden, A.P. (author)
The stability of six regional dyke cross-sections in the Netherlands was re-assessed using the random finite element method (RFEM), which explicitly accounts for the spatial variability of strength parameters. The RFEM assessments of the cross-sections were shown to result in significantly narrower response distributions than those obtained...
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Gonzalez Acosta, J.L. (author), van den Eijnden, A.P. (author), Hicks, M.A. (author)
Soil liquefaction is investigated considering a saturated soil deposit and by implementing standard techniques of random field theory to distribute initial void ratio values and assess liquefaction risk. The soil domain is represented in a 2-dimensional (2D) random finite element model for the dynamic analysis of coupled behavior. Multiple...
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Zheng, X. (author), Pisano, F. (author), Vardon, P.J. (author), Hicks, M.A. (author)
The Material Point Method (MPM) has been gaining increasing popularity as an appropriate approach to the solution of coupled hydro-mechanical problems involving large deformations. This study extends the implicit GIMP-patch method for coupled poroelastic problems recently proposed by Zheng et al. (2021b) to tackle large-deformation problems...
journal article 2022
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Zheng, X. (author), Pisano, F. (author), Vardon, P.J. (author), Hicks, M.A. (author)
This study presents the formulation and implementation of a fully implicit stabilised Material Point Method (MPM) for dynamic problems in two-phase porous media. In particular, the proposed method is built on a three-field formulation of the governing conservation laws, which uses solid displacement, pore pressure and fluid displacement as...
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Varkey, D. (author), Hicks, M.A. (author), Vardon, P.J. (author)
This paper investigates the influence of three forms of uncertainty on the probabilistic stability of an idealised 3D embankment slope. These are: 1D spatial variability in the external geometry of the slope along its length, 2D spatial variability in the depth of the boundary between the embankment material and the foundation layer, and 3D...
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Golchin, A. (author), Vardon, P.J. (author), Hicks, M.A. (author)
The formulation of a two surface/bubble thermo-mechanical constitutive model consistent with the principles of thermodynamics is presented. This allows plastic deformations inside the outer yield surface, resulting in a smooth stress–strain prediction and progressive cyclic deformations. This is achieved by the translation of the inner yield...
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Li, Yajun (author), Li, Jianguang (author), Xu, Nengxiong (author), Fenton, Gordon A. (author), Vardon, P.J. (author), Hicks, M.A. (author)
Correlation length or scale of fluctuation (SOF) is often used as a primary parameter in defining the spatial correlation characteristics of varying soil properties. However, geotechnical site investigations are rather limited so that proper determination of correlation length is not always possible. The concept of a worst-case correlation...
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Hicks, M.A. (author)
The spatial variability of soil properties influences material behaviour and the performance of geotechnical structures. It also leads to uncertainty in design, because one can never be certain about what the ground conditions are at every location across a site. This article introduces the concept and implications of spatial variability, and...
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Gonzalez Acosta, J.L. (author), Vardon, P.J. (author), Hicks, M.A. (author)
Mesh based methods such as the finite element method (FEM) are the most usually used techniques for analysing soil-structure interaction problems in geotechnical engineering. Nevertheless, standard FEM is unable to simulate large deformations and contact, hindering the realistic simulation of rotational, sliding, pull-out and overturning...
journal article 2021
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Gonzalez Acosta, J.L. (author), Vardon, P.J. (author), Hicks, M.A. (author)
An implicit contact algorithm for the material point method (MPM) has been developed to simulate contact. This allows recently developed implicit MPM codes to simulate large-scale deformations and interaction with external bodies. The performance of the method has been investigated and compared to an existing explicit method using benchmark...
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Pan, Yutrao (author), Hicks, M.A. (author), Broere, W. (author)
Artificial barriers are widely used to prevent leakages. However, due to construction errors during the wall installation, passages with small dimensions may occasionally penetrate through the barrier, undermining its tightness. A three-dimensional discretized algorithm (TDA) is proposed for quantitatively estimating the transient-state...
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Zheng, X. (author), Pisano, F. (author), Vardon, P.J. (author), Hicks, M.A. (author)
This paper presents a single-point Material Point Method (MPM) for large deformation problems in two-phase porous media such as soils. Many MPM formulations are known to produce numerical oscillations and inaccuracies in the simulated results, largely due to numerical integration and stress recovery performed at non-ideal locations, cell...
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Remmerswaal, G. (author), Vardon, P.J. (author), Hicks, M.A. (author)
Due to a lack of large deformation dyke assessment models, primary failure mechanisms, such as inner slope failure, are often used as a proxy to assess the probability of failure of a dyke. However, a dyke continues to fulfil its main function unless, or until, flooding occurs. The Random Material Point Method (RMPM) is used here to investigate...
journal article 2021
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Zheng, X. (author), Gonzalez Acosta, J.L. (author), Remmerswaal, G. (author), Vardon, P.J. (author), Pisano, F. (author), Hicks, M.A. (author)
The material point method (MPM) shows promise for the simulation of large deformations in history-dependent materials such as soils. However, in general, it suffers from oscillations and inaccuracies due to its use of numerical integration and stress recovery at non-ideal locations. The development of a hydro-mechanical model, which does not...
conference paper 2021
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Golchin, A. (author), Vardon, P.J. (author), Hicks, M.A. (author), Coombs, William M. (author), Pantev, I.A. (author)
The numerical implementation of a recently developed thermomechanical constitutive model for fine-grained soils based on hyperelasticity-hyperplasticity theory (Golchin et al. 2020), is presented. A new unconventional implicit stress return mapping algorithm, compatible with elasticity derived from Gibbs (complementary) energy potential, in...
conference paper 2021
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Golchin, A. (author), Vardon, P.J. (author), Coombs, William M. (author), Hicks, M.A. (author)
This paper presents a new Modified Cam Clay (MCC) type yield function, that is designed for robust and efficient use with implicit stress integration algorithms. The proposed yield function attains non-elliptical (e.g. tear and bullet) shapes, as well as the typical elliptical shape of the MCC model. Like that of MCC, and unlike most other...
journal article 2021
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de Gast, T. (author), Vardon, P.J. (author), Hicks, M.A. (author)
Soil spatial variability has a significant impact on the reliability of geotechnical structures. In particular, the horizontal variability is important for linear infrastructure, which has only limited vertical height and width, but extensive length. Due to depositional and geological processes, the variability is often substantially...
journal article 2021
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Maghsoudloo, A. (author), Askarinejad, A. (author), de Jager, R.R. (author), Molenkamp, F. (author), Hicks, M.A. (author)
Planning a monitoring campaign for a natural submarine slope prone to static liquefaction is a challenging task due to the sudden nature of flow slides. Therefore, gaining a better insight by monitoring the changes in pore pressure and acceleration of the soil mass, prior to and at the onset of static liquefaction, of submerged model slopes...
journal article 2021
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van den Eijnden, A.P. (author), Schweckendiek, T. (author), Hicks, M.A. (author)
A kriging-based metamodelling approach for analysing the structural reliability of a sheetpile wall in a dyke is formulated. This specific problem is characterised by high target reliabilities ((Formula presented.)) in combination with a noisy and incomplete numerical model response. Starting from the original formulation of active learning...
journal article 2021
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