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Analytic methods in geomechanics.


Analytic methods in geomechanics.

Chau, K.T.

CRC Press


437 pages



When he was a graduate student, Chau (geotechnical engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic U.) had to take, or sit in on, a number of applied mathematics and mechanics courses that were tangential to his field in order to piece together the necessary background for geomechanics research. If there had been a book devoted to mathematical theory on geomaterials, he would have had a much easier time, so he provides that textbook for his own graduate students. Writing for student or practicing scientists and engineers who have had some exposure to engineering mathematics and strength of materials, he explores topics in tensor analysis, elasticity in two and three dimensions, plasticity, fracture mechanics, viscoelasticity, poroelasticity, and dynamics that are relevant to modeling geomaterials. Ice, snow, and even concrete are technically considered geomaterials, but he stays with soil and rock.

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