Grenoble Geomechanics Newsletter-no.20

This is the 20th edition of the GéoMécanique newsletter. It contains the latest news regarding research publications, conference visits and other activities of the staff and students from the GéoMécanique group of Laboratoire 3SR (Sols, Solides, Structures – Risques). If you have something you want to share, please don’t hesitate to contact us at: geomecanique.newsletter|AT| Please feel free to forward the letter to colleagues and friends, and let them know that they can subscribe by themselves here. Enjoy.

Honors, Awards and Invitations

Cino Viggiani has been elected as the new president of ALERT-Geomaterials (for the next three years).

Award for “one of the best papers published in Geosynthetics International in 2016″ for the following paper : J. Górniak, P. Villard and P. Delmas (2016). Coupled discrete and finite-element modelling of geosynthetic tubes filled with granular material, Geosynthetics International, 23, No. 5, 362-380.


The paper “All you need is shape: predicting shear banding in sand with LS-DEM” by Reid Kawamoto, Edward Andò, Gioacchino Viggiani and Jose Andrade was accepted for publication in JMPS.

The paper “Deformation and stresses upon drainage of an idealized granular material” by Chao Yuan, Bruno Chareyre and Felix Darve was accepted for publication in Acta Geotechnica. (Available online)

Visits and conferences

Bruno Chareyre will be co-promoting the PhD of Thomas Sweijen from Utrecht Hydrology, to be defended on Nov. 17th, at Utrecht University. Among other things, Thomas Sweijen contributed [ 1, 2, 3 ] to developing, validating, and disseminating numerical methods for solving coupled problems of multiphase flow in granular media. These advanced methods are available as part of

Dorjan Dauti and Stefano Dal Pont attended the 5th International Workshop on Concrete Spalling in Borås, Sweden on October 12-13. Dorjan Dauti presented two papers:

  • “Numerical benchmark of experiments on heated concrete” coauthored with S. Dal Pont, G. Sciume and M. Briffaut in the session of numerical modelling
  • “First results on fast neutron tomography of heated concrete” coauthored with B. Weber, S. Dal Pont, A. Tengattini, N. Toropovs, M. Briffaut in the session of high temperature testing of concrete.

Dorjan Dauti also attended the Rilem Technical Committee meeting held in Borås on October 11. The subject dealt in this technical committee (TC 256) is focused on the spalling of concrete due to fire.

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