Nuclear waste disposal, bio-mediated ground improvement, design of energy piles, development of geothermal energy, methane hydrate exploitation, design on unsaturated and frozen soils are amongst the most pressing and challenging problems facing the geomechanics community. They involve hydro-bio-chemo-physical and mechanical processes under coupled conditions. For this symposium presentations are solicited focusing on recent advances in modeling coupled phenomena at various scales, as well as on experiments providing new insights into the underlying fundamentals.

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A nonlinear interface formulation for soil–structure interaction systems

Ghardir Haikal, Purdue University, United States
Ghardir Haikal, Purdue University, United States

Coupled mechanical–geophysical monitoring of rock fractures and damage

Ahmadreza Hedayat, Indiana-Purdue University Fort, Wayne

Coupled multiphysics modeling of gas hydrate bearing sediments

Marcelo Sanchez, Texas A&M University, United States
Xuerui Gai, Texas A&M University, United States
J. Carlos Santamarina, Georgia institute of Technology, United States

Fully-coupled hydro-mechanical analysis of water saturated porous geomaterials under complex loading conditions

Qiushi Chen, Glen Department of Civil Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson SC 29634, United States
WaiChing Sun, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, United States

Predicting possible leakage due to dynamics strain localization in granular materials with a coupled continuum-discrete coupling model

Yang Liu, Columbia University, United States
WaiChing Sun, Columbia University, United States
Zifeng Yuan, Columbia University, United States
Jacob Fish, Columbia University, United States

Strain localization in unsaturated soils with large deformation

Xiaoyu Song, Stanford University, United States
Ronaldo Borja, Stanford University, United States