XV EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON SOIL MECHANICS & GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING
Aristotle university of Thessaloniki Staff participated at the XV European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering held in Athens, Greece, in September 12-15, 2011, organized by The Hellenic Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.
The general theme of the Conference has been “Geotechnics of Hard Soils – Weak Rocks” and the Conference held under the auspices of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE).
The Conference aimed at providing an opportunity for engineers and other scientists working in the field of hard soils and weak rocks to meet and present an updated overview of the existing worldwide knowledge on the geological features, the engineering properties and the behaviour of hard soils and weak rocks, as well as of the design and construction methods and problems associated with these materials.
During the last decades, considerable progress has been made in understanding the engineering behaviour of geomaterials that clearly fall into the field of either soil or rock mechanics, as well as in developing design and construction methods to cope with them. However, as regards those materials that fall in the “grey” area between soils and rocks, progress is even more desirable, due to their diversity, as well as difficulties and problems in their identification and classification, in their sampling and testing and in the establishment of suitable models to adequately describe their behaviour.
Borderline materialshas been examined, such as overconsolidated soils, siltstones and clay shales, marls, weakly cemented sandstones and conglomerates, chalk, evaporites etc, as well as highly weathered rocks in general. Characterization and classification of these materials has been considered and emphasis has been placed on the establishment of applicability limits between aspects of their engineering behaviour and on the development of new concepts for their treatment. Both static and dynamic conditions has been considered as well.
Here you can download the Conference BulletinBulletin of XV ECSMGE (261)
All AUTH staff participated in the conference with a stand where, together with some panels illustrating University’s projects and subjects, a specific panel has been devoted to the participation of the Aristotle University in PERPETUATE project, as clearly visible in the following pictures (for more info please visit http://users.auth.gr/~kpitilak/index.html).