El grup realitza recerca en mecànica de sòls i de les roques i en l'àmbit de la geomecànica en general. També és actiu en un ampli espectre de matèries d'enginyeria geològica i geotècnica, com ara l'estabilitat de talussos, els fonaments, les excavacions, els túnels, l'avaluació de riscos geològics i l'emmagatzematge de residus. La seva activitat en la mecànica de sòls no saturats i l'aplicació de mètodes numèrics avançats és àmpliament reconeguda.

The group carries out research in soil and rock mechanics and in the field of geomechanics in general. It is also active in a wide range of geological and geotechnical engineering fields, such as slope stability, foundations, excavations, tunnels, the evaluation of geological risks, and waste disposal. The group?s activity in unsaturated soil mechanics and in the application of advanced numerical methods is widely recognised.

The group carries out research in soil and rock mechanics and in the field of geomechanics in general. It is also active in a wide range of geological and geotechnical engineering fields, such as slope stability, foundations, excavations, tunnels, the evaluation of geological risks, and waste disposal. The group?s activity in unsaturated soil mechanics and in the application of advanced numerical methods is widely recognised.

Recent Submissions

  • Nonlocal plasticity modelling of strain localisation in stiff clays 

    Mánica Malcom, Miguel Ángel; Gens Solé, Antonio; Vaunat, Jean; Ruíz, Daniel F. (Elsevier, 2018-11)
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    The paper addresses the numerical simulation of strain localisation in stiff clays that exhibit softening behaviour. An elastoplastic constitutive model developed to incorporate key features of stiff clay behaviour is ...
  • Sphericity measures of sand grains 

    Rorato, Riccardo; Arroyo Alvarez de Toledo, Marcos; Andò, Edward; Gens Solé, Antonio (2019-05)
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    The sphericity of a grain should measure the similitude of its shape with that of a sphere. Sphericity is a shape descriptor of long-standing interest for sedimentology. Now it has gained also interest to facilitate discrete ...
  • Low-order stabilized finite element for the full Biot formulation in soil mechanics at finite strain 

    Monforte Vila, Lluís; Navas, Pedro; Carbonell Puigbó, Josep Maria; Arroyo Alvarez de Toledo, Marcos; Gens Solé, Antonio (2019-05)
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    This article presents a novel finite element formulation for the Biot equation using low-order elements. Additionally, an extra degree of freedom is introduced to treat the volumetric locking steaming from the effective ...
  • Assessment of a high-level spent nuclear fuel disposal model 

    Rodríguez Dono, Alfonso; Olivella Pastallé, Sebastià; Mokni, Nadia (2018-08)
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    This paper assesses a model for the full-scale engineered barrier experiment (Febex) in situ test, simulating the disposal of heat-emitting, high-level spent nuclear fuel. The model has been developed using Code_Bright and ...
  • Geomechanical response of fractured reservoirs 

    Zareidarmiyan, Ahmad; Salaridad, Hossein; Vilarrasa Riaño, Víctor; De Simone, Silvia; Olivella Pastallé, Sebastià (2018-12)
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    Geologic carbon storage will most likely be feasible only if carbon dioxide (CO2) is utilized for improved oil recovery (IOR). The majority of carbonate reservoirs that bear hydrocarbons are fractured. Thus, the geomechanical ...
  • Numerical and experimental study of initiation and propagation of desiccation cracks in clayey soils 

    Levatti, Hector Ulises; Prat Catalán, Pere; Ledesma Villalba, Alberto (Elsevier, 2019-01)
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    This paper presents the fundamentals and the mathematical formulation to study desiccation cracking in soils based on Unsaturated Soil Mechanics as well as a numerical analysis of a previous desiccation test program. The ...
  • Effect of partial substitution of highly reactive mineral additions by nanosilica in cement pastes 

    da Silva Rego, Joao Henrique; Frias Rojas, Moises; Moragues Terrades, Amparo; Fernández Carrasco, Lucía; Romero Morales, Enrique Edgar; Sanchez de Rojas, Maria Isabel (2019-01)
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    The phenomena involved in portland cement hydration and interactions with nanosilica are very complex and not yet fully understood. In addition, few papers have currently proposed to investigate the microstructure and ...
  • Toronto-York Spadina subway extension tunnelling under Schulich Building 

    Ramos Schneider, Gonzalo; García Molina, Ángel; Ledesma Villalba, Alberto; Raveendra, Ravi; Polo Orodea, Tomás (2019-02)
    Article
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    Tunnelling under the York University Schulich Building was one of the milestones of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project. The challenge was to bore the tunnel under a flagship building only one diameter below ...
  • The collapse of Space building 

    Caicedo Hormaza, Bernardo; Alonso Pérez de Agreda, Eduardo; Mendoza, C.; Alcoverro Bassols, Jordi (2019-03)
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    On 12 October 2013, the 24-storey high ‘Space’ building collapsed in Medellín, Colombia. The building had a reinforced concrete structure founded on large-diameter piles with enlarged bases. During and after construction ...
  • Mechanical behavior of an unsaturated clayey silt: an experimental and constitutive modelling study 

    Romero Morales, Enrique Edgar; Sánchez, Marcelo; Gai, Xuerui; Barrera Bucio, Mauricio; Lloret Morancho, Antonio (2018-11)
    Article
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    This paper reports an experimental study and subsequent constitutive modelling focused on the stress-strain and volumetric response during deviatoric stress application of a partially saturated clayey-silt. The material ...
  • Bentonite strain due to cyclic suction changes 

    Villar Galicia, María Victoria; Lloret Morancho, Antonio (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), 2018)
    Conference lecture
    Open Access
    A series of suction-controlled oedometer tests were performed on a highly compacted bentonite following drying/wetting and wetting/drying paths from the initial hygroscopic conditions (about 120 MPa) under low vertical ...
  • Effects of relative humidity cycling on the tensile strength of a claystone 

    Pineda Jiménez, Jubert Andrés; Romero Morales, Enrique Edgar; Alonso Pérez de Agreda, Eduardo (American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2018)
    Part of book or chapter of book
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    Selected papers from the Second Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils, held in Dallas, Texas, November 12–15, 2017. Sponsored by the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering and the ...

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