COMSOL Releases Geomechanics Module – Advances into Soil and Rock Mechanics Simulations

Newest addition to the COMSOL Multiphysics® product suite targets geotechnical applications within oil & gas and civil engineering with tailored material models to study plasticity, deformation, and failure of soils and rocks as well as their interaction with concrete and man-made structures.

COMSOL, Inc., today introduced the Geomechanics Module, enabling the fast-growing community of COMSOL Multiphysics users to harness its powerful simulation environment for geotechnical and civil-engineering applications such as slope stability evaluation and failure prediction of tunnels, retaining structures, and excavations. The Geomechanics Module provides tailored interfaces for studying plasticity, deformation, and failure of soils and rocks, as well as their interaction with concrete and human-made structures. The Module, which comes with a variety of material models for soils, builds off of the Structural Mechanics Module add-on for the company's flagship simulation software, COMSOL Multiphysics, and offers the ability to combine analyses with all other COMSOL modules seamlessly.

“Users of COMSOL in the geotechnical area have already been successful leveraging COMSOL’s products for electromagnetics and subsurface flow applications, such as induction well-logging, rainfall infiltration, and groundwater contamination, which has created demand for us to also develop specific geomechanical tools,” says Dr. Ed Gonzalez, product manager at COMSOL. “It’s great to now offer such capabilities with the introduction of material models that are household names in the geomechanics community: Cam-Clay, Drucker-Prager, Mohr-Coulomb, and Ottosen, to mention a few. The Geomechanics Module also serves as a complement to the Subsurface Flow Module. It will be exciting to see users venture into applications that combine the two.”


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