873305 Numerical methods in geotechnics and applied geology

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Peng, Chong
Offered in
Wintersemester 2021/22
Languages of instruction


The course consists of two parts: a theoretical Part 1 (lectures) and a practical Part 2 (tutorial).

Part I:

1. Introduce the physics and mathematics of boundary value problems (BVPs) in geotechnical engineering;
2. Mesh-based continuous numerical methods: finite element method (FEM) and finite difference method (FDM);
3. Meshless continuous numerical method: smoothed particle hydrodynamics;
4. Discrete method: discrete element method.

Part II:

1. Simple calculations by hand using numerical approaches;
2. Practical simulations with software including FE-calculations (settlement, stability, bearing capacity, seepage);
3. Use of software like GEOSLOPE, FLAC3D etc;
4. Numerical example to gain hand-on experience.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Expected results:

1. Understanding of the common numerical approaches such as FEM and FDM;
2. Basic understanding of the frontiers of numerical modeling such as meshless methods and DEM;
3. Get familiar with common commercial geotechnical software;
4. Gain hands-on experiences with numerical simulations of typical geotechnical problems.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.