Karen joined Itasca Australia in 2017, and with a background in marketing and process improvement, she provides administration support to the team and manages software sales for the region.
This hands-on, virtual training course is 16 hours total, spread over four days in a 1.5-week period, and covers the analysis of embankment dams using FLAC.
Mr Lachenicht has 25 years’ experience in mining geomechanics ranging from consulting, research projects, studies to mine operational experience. Over the course of his experience, positions held include manager, senior geotechnical engineer, geotechnical superintendent and principal geotechnical engineer roles with associated levels of responsibility.
The following features are included as part of the standard UDEC license.
Structural elements — Structural Elements
provide the ability to model support in UDEC. Reinforcement is modeled
using cables that may be part of a local or global reinforcement model.
Surface support is provided through beam elements (which may represent
concrete lining, shotcrete, steel sets, etc.) and one-dimensional
support members (which may be hydraulic or wooden props or packs).
Fluid and Gas Flow — UDEC can be used to model fluid or gas flow
through the fractures of a system of impermeable blocks. A fully
coupled mechanical-hydraulic analysis is performed in which fracture
conductivity is dependent on mechanical deformation, and in return joint
water pressures affect the mechanical computations. Confined flow,
transient flow, two-phase flow and flow with a free surface can be
modeled using UDEC.
Thermal — UDEC's thermal capability
simulates transient heat conduction in materials and the development of
thermally induced displacements and stresses. Heat transfer is modeled
as conduction. Several different thermal boundary conditions may be
imposed. Any mechanical model may be used with the thermal model. Heat
sources may be inserted into the material and may be made to decay with
time. Implicit and explicit calculation schemes are available and may be
interchanged. The thermal analysis may be coupled to the mechanical and
the fluid calculations.
Dynamic — UDEC can be used to simulate dynamic models
for seismic, blasting and earthquake analyzes. Absorbing (quiet) and
free-field boundaries and seismic wave input are all available. The
dynamic formulation can be coupled to structural element, fluid flow and
Optional modules available to purchase include the following.
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