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Numerical Simulations on Energy Piles

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This presentation focuses on numerical simulations of the thermal, thermo-mechanical, and thermo-hydro-mechanical response of energy piles and surrounding soils. Simulations include finite element analyses of heat transfer and coupled water flow in soils surrounding energy piles and load transfer analyses of thermo-mechanical soil-structure interaction in energy piles. Case studies involving full-scale energy piles installed in sandstone layers and centrifuge-scale energy piles installed in unsaturated silt and dry sand are presented to provide calibration data for the simulations.


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John S. McCartney, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Professor and Chair, Department of Structural Engineering, University of California San Diego

John S. McCartney is a Professor in the Department of Structural Engineering at the University of California San Diego, specializing in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. He has received several research awards, including the Walter L. Huber Research Prize from ASCE in 2016, the Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award from ASCE in 2013, the J. James R. Croes medal from ASCE in 2012, the 2019 R.M. Quigley award from CGS in 2020, the DFI Young Professor Award in 2012, the NSF Faculty Early Development (CAREER) Award in 2011, and the IGS and Young IGS Awards from the International Geosynthetics Society in 2018 and 2008, respectively. He is an editor of ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (JGGE) and Computers and Geotechnics, an associate editor of Canadian Geotechnical Journal and is active on the editorial boards of several other journals. He received BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2002 and a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007.

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    Numerical and Constitutive Modelling
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