The combined finite discrete element method is a relatively new computational tool aimed at problems involving static and / or dynamic behaviour of systems involving a large number of solid deformable bodies. Such problems include fragmentation using explosives (e.g rock blasting), impacts, demolition (collapsing buildings), blast loads, digging and loading processes, and powder technology.
The combined finite-discrete element method - a natural extension of both discrete and finite element methods - allows researchers to model problems involving the deformability of either one solid body, a large number of bodies, or a solid body which fragments (e.g. in rock blasting applications a more or less intact rock mass is transformed into a pile of solid rock fragments of different sizes, which interact with each other). The topic is gaining in importance, and is at the forefront of some of the current efforts in computational modeling of the failure of solids.
* Accompanying source codes plus input and output files available on the Internet
* Important applications such as mining engineering, rock blasting and petroleum engineering
* Includes practical examples of applications areas
Essential reading for postgraduates, researchers and software engineers working in mechanical engineering.
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The combined finite-discrete element method is gaining increasing importance in engineering programmes and is at the forefront of current efforts in computational modelling of the failure of solids. The method has significant applications in petroleum and mining engineering, rock blasting, demolition (collapsing buildings), blast loads, powder technology and many more areas. It is therefore vital that engineers understand the method and know how to work with it.
Featuring the latest developments of this dynamic field, Munjiza?s comprehensive treatment provides detailed descriptions of all algorithmic aspects of the combined finite-discrete element method.
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The Combined Finite-Discrete Element Method is an excellent reference for mechanical and civil engineers working with and involved in developing finite-discrete element programmes. This book also provides support to postgraduate students, computer programmers, scientists and researchers who wish to increase their knowledge of the finite-discrete element method.About the Author:
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