EJGE/Magazine - Meeting Announcement

Call for Papers

RECENT ADVANCES IN THE NUMERICAL MODELING OF LAYERED MEDIA

A Session Sponsored by the A2K05 Committee on Modeling Techniques in Geomechanics and the A2B05 Committee on Strength and Deformation Characteristics of Pavement Sections at the Transportation Research Board's 79th Annual Meeting, January, 2000, Washington, D.C.

This session solicits papers on recent advances in numerical modeling of the behavior of layered media such as pavements and railroad track structures, using either refinements on existing closed form solutions or emerging numerical methods. Techniques of interest may include finite element or boundary element based static and dynamic methods, as well as discrete element methods, which address the limitations of elastic layer theory. Of particular interest may be the application of these new methods to solving problems related to the modeling of anisotropic material behavior, time-dependent deformation of layered materials, interfaces and discontinuities such as multiple cracks and crack growth, and intergranular effects in layered systems. Authors are encouraged to include in their papers any laboratory, field, or other physical verification of the modeling in order to validate their approach and to adequately show correct predictions of actual stress states and responses.

Special consideration will be given to practical papers that present new and innovative numerical methods to report case studies on design of bridges and roadways for state transportation departments.

Authors interested in submitting papers to this session should send abstracts of their intended papers electronically to Bjorn Birgisson at bbirg@ce.ufl.edu by March 31, 1999. Abstracts should be between 150 and 300 words in length. Authors whose abstracts best capture the intent of the session will be notified by April 15, 1999, and asked to submit full papers to the Transportation Research Board by August 1, 1999.

Contacts:

Bjorn Birgisson, Ph.D., P.E.

University of Florida
MC-250
345 Weil Hall

Gainesville, FL 32611-6580

Tel: (352)-846-3429
Fax: (352)-392-3394
Email: bbirg@ce.ufl.edu

Erol Tutumluer, Ph.D.

U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1210 Newmark Civil Engrg. Building,
205 North Mathews Avenue
P.O. Box 116580
Urbana, Illinois 61801

Tel: (217)-333-8637
Fax: (217)-333-1924
Email: tutumlue@uiuc.edu


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