Use of the cell method for plane elastic problems in geotechnique

M. Pani, N. Zanette, D. Battelino

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In the present work the use of the cell method (CM) for analysing geotechnical problems will be discussed. The essence of this method is a discrete formulation instead of a differential formulation. On the basis of this CM a computer code was developed which can be used to study the settlements related to a superficial load of an elastic multilayered soil system. With an adequate graphical support it is possible to illustrate the stress-strain state within the studied area. After an explanation of the bases of the CM an example of a simple geotechnical problem shall be presented. The problem will be limited to a two-dimensional strain state in an elastic field. The final results will be compared with the FEM analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-128
Number of pages9
JournalComputational Materials Science
Issue numberSUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003


  • Cell complex
  • Cell method
  • Elastic field
  • Multilayered soil system
  • Plane strain state
  • Settlements
  • Soil mechanics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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