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Plasticity and Geomechanics


By: RO Davis (Author), APS Selvadurai (Author)

300 pages, 179 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Aug 2005 | #205910 | ISBN: 0521018099
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Hardback | Dec 2002 | #131547 | ISBN: 0521818303
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Plasticity theory is widely used to describe the behaviour of soil and rock in many engineering situations. Plasticity and Geomechanics presents a concise introduction to the general subject of plasticity with a particular emphasis on applications in geomechanics. Derived from the authors' own lecture notes, Plasticity and Geomechanics is written with students firmly in mind. Excessive use of mathematical methods is avoided in the main body of the text and, where possible, physical interpretations are given for important concepts. In this way the authors present a clear introduction to the complex ideas and concepts of plasticity as well as demonstrating how this developing subject is of critical importance to geomechanics and geotechnical engineering. Plasticity and Geomechanics therefore complements Elasticity and Geomechanics by the same authors and will appeal to graduate students and researchers in the fields of soil mechanics, foundation engineering, and geomechanics.

From the reviews of the authors' previous title:

"[...] this reviewer liked Elasticity and Geomechanics! The writing style is informal and reads easily [...] If an instructor is looking for a book on basic elasticity with a geomaterial focus, this reviewer would encourage that instructor to look at this work; he or she might be pleasantly surprised."
- E. B. Pitman, Applied Mechanics Review

"By combining their extensive writing and teaching experiences, Davis and Selvadurai bring together in one volume much that is useful. [...] The authors have kept the presentation simple and straightforward [...] Overall, a pleasantly readable book. Highly recommended [...]". - P. C. Chan, Choice

"Students in the fields of geotechnical/geological engineering, as well as other related earth science programs, will truly benefit from this text [...]"
- M. Pacheo, Engineering Geology



1. Stress and strain
2. Elastic and inelastic material behaviour
3. Yield
4. Plastic flow
5. Collapse load theorems
6. Slip line analysis
7. Work hardening behaviour

A. Non-Cartesian coordinate systems
B. Mohr's circles
C. Principles of virtual work
D. Extremum principles
E. Drucker's stability postulate
F. The associated flow rule
G. A uniqueness theorem for elastic-plastic deformation
H. Theorems of limit analysis
I. Limit analysis and limiting equilibrium

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