Course Title : Disaster Prevention through Geotechnics

Code 10F109
Course Year Master and Doctor Course
Term 2nd term
Class day & Period Mon 2nd
Location C1-117
Credits 2
Restriction No Restriction
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language English
Instructor Ryosuke Uzuoka and Kyohei Ueda

Course Description

The lecture covers nonlinear continuum mechanics and dynamic three-phase analysis of ground and geotechnical structures. In particular, the lecture covers the geo-hazards mechanism and prediction of failure modes, and mitigation measure against geo-hazards. The lecture ranges from fundamental mechanics of granular materials to numerical simulation.


Based on reports to exercises and attendance.

Course Goals

Successful students will have the ability to initiate their own research work on geo-hazards based on the solid understanding of the mechanics of granular materials and numerical analysis.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Introduction 1 Introduction to the course (objectives, contents, and grading procedure)
- Geo-hazards induced by heavy rain and earthquake
- Application of numerical analysis to predict the geo-hazards
Nonlinear continuum mechanics 1 3 Nonlinear continuum mechanics 1
- Vector and tensor algebra
- Kinematics (motion and strain tensors)
- Concept of stress tensors
Nonlinear continuum mechanics 2 3 Nonlinear continuum mechanics 2
- Balance Principles
- Objectivity and stress/strain rates
- Constitutive laws
Fundamentals of numerical analysis for geo-hazards 4 Fundamentals of numerical analysis for geo-hazards
- Balance equations
- Constitutive equations
- Numerical method
Applications of Numerical analysis for geo-hazards 4 Applications of Numerical analysis for geo-hazards
- Liquefaction
- Landslide




Gerhard A. Holzapfel: Nonlinear Solid Mechanics: A Continuum Approach for Engineering, Wiley.
Javier Bonet, Antonio J. Gil, Richard D. Wood: Nonlinear Solid Mechanics for Finite Element Analysis: Statics, Cambridge University Press.


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