We are delighted to invite you to join us at the First International Conference on the Material Point Method for “Modelling Large Deformation and Soil–Water–Structure Interaction” organised by the Anura 3D MPM Research Community in January 2017 in Delft. This is the first conference following a series of international workshops and symposia previously held in Padova (2016), Barcelona (2015), Cambridge (2014) and Delft (2013) in the context of the FP7 Marie-Curie project MPM–DREDGE.
The aim of the conference is to provide an international forum for presenting and discussing the latest developments in both the fundamental basis and the applicability of state-of-the-art computational methods that can be effectively used for solving a variety of large deformation problems in geotechnical and hydraulic engineering. Special focus is on the numerical modelling of interaction between soils, water and structures where the interface and transition between solid and fluid behaviour plays an essential role.
Papers on any aspect of these subjects are most welcome. Active discussion on key topics will be facilitated through invited keynote lectures. In addition, the partners of the MPM–DREDGE project will present the highlights of their research programme, achieved through intense collaboration between industry and academia. The results include validated computational tools based on the material point method to improve the understanding of installation of geocontainers, liquefaction of submarine slopes, landslides and erosion around offshore and near-shore structures.
On behalf of the MPM 2017 Conference Organising Committee we are looking forward to welcoming you in Delft in January 2017!
Alexander Rohe, Kenichi Soga & Hans Teunissen
Papers should be related but are not limited to the main theme of the conference: Numerical modelling of large deformation and soil–water–structure interaction. They can be of either computational or experimental nature and can be both of fundamental basis or applications with a special emphasis on the following aspects:
- Material point method, formulation and applications
- Other computational methods for large deformations in geomechanics and fluid mechanics, amongst many others e.g. SPH, DEM/LBM, PFEM, ALE, CEL, UL–FEM, CFD
- Coupling of geomechanics and fluid mechanics concepts
- Constitutive models for large deformations, dynamic problems, cyclic loading, unsaturated behaviour
- Soil–water interaction and transition, modelling of sedimentation and erosion, sediment transport and deposition, coastal erosion and scouring
- Modelling of water–soil boundary layers under currents and waves, turbulence modelling
Experiments, benchmarks and case studies:
- Physical modelling of large deformation engineering problems at field-, model- or laboratory-scale
- Forensic engineering: (back-)analysis of large deformation failure events and natural hazards
- Case studies and benchmark solutions for large deformation problems
Applications in geotechnical and hydraulic engineering:
- Slope liquefaction and breaching, dredging processes, jetting, cutting
- Installation of geocontainers, stability of breakwaters, wave attack on structures
- Submarine slides, turbulent flow slides
- Landslides (weather-, earthquake-, man-induced), debris flows, avalanches
- Dike stability (e.g. macrostability, piping, erosion) and dike reinforcement
- Installation problems, e.g. pile installation
- Soil investigation, e.g. pile load testing, CPT simulation, pore pressure dissemination testing
- Impact problems and stability problems, e.g. boreholes, sinkholes
The conference is organised as the final activity of the MPM–DREDGE project on "Modelling and simulation of soil–water interaction for dredging applications using the Material Point Method". MPM–DREDGE is an Industry–Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) project funded from the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) of the European Commission under Grant Agreement PIAP–GA–2012–324522 during 2013–2017.
The MPM–DREDGE project aims at developing, validating and demonstrating an advanced software tool based on the material point method for the modelling and simulation of processes related to the dredging and offshore industry. It is addressing the scientific challenges associated with large non-linear deformations, water pressures and phase transition that occur in the interaction between soils and fluids.
For more information visit the website of the MPM–DREDGE project.
The conference is organised by the Anura3D MPM Research Community. This international collaboration brings together the complementary expertise of seven world leading groups carrying out research on numerical modelling of large deformations and soil-water-structure interaction. The Anura3D MPM Research Community is a collaboration of seven equal partners:
- Geotechnical and Environmental Research Group, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, represented by dr Dongfang Liang
- Soil and Rock Mechanics Research Group, Civil Engineering School, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, represented by prof Eduardo Alonso
- Institute of Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Management, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH), Germany, represented by prof Jürgen Grabe
- Unit Geo-engineering Deltares, Delft, The Netherlands, represented by Simone van Schijndel
- Research Group Geotechnics, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy, represented by prof Paolo Simonini
- Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, represented by prof Wim Uijttewaal
- GeoSystems (Geoengineering) Group, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of California Berkeley, United States, represented by prof Kenichi Soga
For more information visit the website of the Anura3D MPM Research Community.