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Soil Drying Beside Buried Cable

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Wind turbine farms are becoming an acceptable and common form of energy. Part of their construction includes buried cables to deliver the generated power from the wind turbines back to a station and ultimately into the power grid. One potential design consideration is evaluating the heat generated when an electric current passes through the cable.The rate of heat generation may cause the insulation power cables to fail when the cable temperature exceeds the design limit.

The example in this article illustrates the analysis of a typical scenario and was developed based on a research collaboration between the University of Wisconsin and SoilVision Systems Ltd.


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Soil Drying Beside Buried Cable
Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
Short Course
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With every new piece of software there is always a learning curve. While I was learning to use SVHeat, SoilVision was there every step of the way to help me through hurdles I encountered. When I needed a change or an improvement in the software, the development team responded promptly to my requests and made changes with impressive speed. SoilVision's SVHEAT has proved itself be an invaluable tool for designing structures in arctic conditions and permafrost soils. Predicting the results of a changed thermal regime allows us to design stable long term structures for our clients. SVHeat's excellent graphical and 3-dimensional output encourages an intuitive understanding of the dynamics involved. I would recommend the SVHeat software and SoilVision's support to anyone.

Torsten Mayrberger, Ph.D. Geotechnical Engineer, PND Engineers, Inc., Alaska


Unsaturated Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice

The definitive guide to unsaturated soil - from the world's experts on the subject!

This book builds upon and substantially updates Fredlund and Rahardjo's publication, Soil Mechanics for Unsaturated Soils, the current standard in the field of unsaturated soils. It provides readers with more thorough coverage of the state of the art of unsaturated soil behavior and better reflects the manner in which practical unsaturated soil engineering problems are solved. Retaining the fundamental physics of unsaturated soil behavior presented in the earlier book, this new publication places greater emphasis on the importance of the "soil-water characteristic curve" in solving practical engineering problems, as well as the quantification of thermal and moisture boundary conditions based on the use of weather data.


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Short Course: 2D / 3D Slope Stability Analysis Related to Mining Earth Structures

Topics include:

  • Correct numerical analysis of slopes by the limit equilibrium methodology
  • Advanced concepts of slope stability analysis and their application
  • Applications of 3D solutions to real-world problems
  • Advances in the area of slope stability analysis in applying unsaturated principles to models
  • The applicability to practical problems of classic limit equilibrium and advanced stress-based numerical model combinations

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