Few more presentations…

A statue of a mermaid sitting on a rock, surrounded by water.
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Last month I had a pleasure to give presentations on MPM and modelling of clays at Chalmers University, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). The presentations are here for MPM and Clay

Hopefully the cooperation with those universities will be successful and we will get some grants together in the future!

Papers, papers…

Much is happening at Aalto and I have been late with much what should be posted. Just to update things quickly, recently SMJ Seyedan has published a paper detailing a small strain enhancement for constitutive models for soils. The paper is here (open access). The idea is to have a thermodynamically consistent enhancement in the initial part of the stress-strain curve, which can be applied to any model using constant shear modulus. We tested it for Mohr-Coulomb and Modified Cam Clay, but it should work for other constitutive models too. Unfortunately, we have no such neat way to adjust the bulk modulus yet, but hopefully in the future… The paper comes with a Matlab code, so it is easy to try it out!

On another front, QA Tran has published a paper related to the null space errors in the Material Point Method. The paper is here and is also open access. The paper discusses null space errors and show how to filter them out efficiently. Such filtering is recommended when we have a problem with large deformations, in which number of material points in some grid cells increases above the initial value. That creates a problem when the data is tranferred from the nodes back to the material points – we have less nodes than the points and as such the transfer uses extra assumptions leading to errors. For example, having 4 nodes transferring data to 9 points, we need to create 9 values at the points from 4 values at the node – that is impossible without extra assumptions which may lead to errors.
The same paper also shows that use of a generalised-alpha integration scheme in the Material Point Method helps to damp out high frequency vibrations, without affecting the total energy and total momentum balance much. Very useful when we need a solution without high frequency noise – and much better than using an overall damping coefficient which alters the solution significantly.

S. Seyedan and W. T. Sołowski, “Enhancing Constitutive Models for Soils: Adding the Capability to Model Nonlinear Small Strain in Shear,” Advances in Civil Engineering, vol. 2019, Article ID 6016350, 11 pages, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/6016350.
Tran, Q‐A, Sołowski, W. Temporal and null‐space filter for the material point method. Int J Numer Methods Eng. 2019; 1– 33. https://doi.org/10.1002/nme.6138

Dragan Grgic public lecture at Aalto, 8th April 2019

Microstructural characterization and numerical evaluation of the effective elastic properties of oolitic rocks

Aalto University has had the pleasure to host a public lecture of Professor Dragan Grgic (GeoRessources Laboratory, Université de Lorraine). Professor Grgic visited Finland due to cooperation with VTT and GTK. During the visit, he kindly agreed to held a lecture at Aalto.

Professor Grgic presentation can be downloaded here.

MPM 2019 Conference in Cambridge and presentation at Imperial College London

We have attended the 2019 MPM conference in Cambridge in numbers. I had a presentation on Uintah software and a keynote, while other members of the research group presented their research. You can find the proceedings here: http://mpm2019.eu/papers

In particular there are some presentations available:

And the conference papers:

On the way back, I have been given opportunity to present my research at Imperial College London. In particular, you can download the abridged presentation related to our research with Dr Abed in project THEBES: THMC Behaviour of the Swelling Clay Barriers

New Journal Paper: GIMP modelling of large deformation problems including strain-rate effects – Application to penetration and progressive failure problems

Quoc Anh Tran, doctoral student working in the Academy of Finland project on landslide modelling, managed to get a journal paper published in Computers & Geotechnics. The paper shows number of improvements in landslides modelling with the Material Point Method. Those include strain rate dependent, structure dependent Mohr-Coulomb model for undrained analysis. We also  used a simple non-local formulation for the shear-band thickness (Pinyol et al. 2017), which reduces mesh dependence. After validation, the paper shows some – I dare to say – rather nice simulation of a Saint-Monique landslide.

The paper is open access, download it from here:



Conferences, conferences…

Last several months have been really busy, with me having really no time to catch my breath (but well, we have now 5 journal papers under review, keep fingers crossed). Recently, SeyedMohammadJavad Seyedan presented in the beautiful city of Porto in the NUMGE 2018 conference. He was explaining how to enrich the constitutive model for soil with capability to model the small strain shear nonlinearity. It is a neat expansion, which has also thermodynamical consistency (note: full paper under review)…   Then, Dr Ayman Abed presented on chemical coupling (download paper) in UNSAT Conference in Hong Kong. That is a nice effort with cooperation from UPC BarcelonaTech. Finally, I have been presenting in Vienna Dr Yang Xiujuan paper on water retention behaviour of MX-80 bentonite, when partially saturated with saline solution, as unfortunately Xiujuan could not come to Vienna.

Hong Kong – photo from the conference dinner (yay, my new camera)

Presentations in Milan 12-13 Sep 2017 (seminar and keynote)


Today in the beautiful city of Milan, I had a seminar at the Politecnico di Milano on the bentonite behaviour modelling, related to THEBES project. The slides are here. Also, the keynote lecture in the IV ECCOMAS YOUNG INVESTIGATOR CONFERENCE – YIC2017 entitled “MPM or FEM / PFEM / SPH /… Insights on the Material Point Method future” is here. In case you need more information or the movies (sorry, no movies in the .pdf), please do not hesitate to contact me! We are always happy to share!


Paper published and available for download!

The new paper in Computers & Geotechnics:

 A study on how to couple thermo-hydro-mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils: Physical equations, numerical implementation and examples

 is now on-line!

For the paper please follow https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1VXgy,63b~gd8H  to get the free copy (link valid until 30th of September). Afterwards, please contact me for the copy if you need one… The paper is summing up the developments of the coupled Finite Element code for the THEBES project at Aalto.

Thanks for reading!

Intensive course on Geomechanics of Failures

Dr Núria Pinyol, Associate Research Professor at UPC BarcelonaTech is currently a visitor at Aalto, thanks to the support of UPC and the EU Erasmus+Teaching Mobility Grant. It is my great pleasure that in the beginning of September, we are holding an Intensive course on Geomechanics of Failures together at Aalto. Everyone is welcome!

You can register for the course in the Aalto system. In case you are from outside, please let me know at my Aalto University email and I will register you so you can attend the course.

The course will cover three important case studies:

Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral – case study related to settlements calculations and interaction between neighbouring structures

Vajont landslide – case study related to the behaviour of large landslides and slope stability calculations

Barcelona port caisson failure – case study related to the pore pressure build-up due to cyclic loading in undrained conditions.

The lectures are related to Geomechanics of failures by Puzrin et al. 2009  (chapters 1 & 5) and Geomechanics of failures: advanced topics by Alonso et al. 2010  (chapters 2 & 5).

The course page is currently not very up to date, but more information will be given here.