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Itai Einav wins the Shamsher Prakash Research Award


22 August 2008

Itai Einav
Itai Einav

The Shamsher Prakash Foundation regularly solicits nominationfor the Shamsher Prakash Research Award for youngengineers and scientists(under 40 years) in the field of geotechnical engineering.

The candidates should be specialists in Geotechnical Engineering and/or Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and it is necessary that they have significant independent contributions to practice and show promise of excellence.

Itai's award was based on the following summary of his achievements

"Itai Einav's activities revolve around the fundamentals of material characterization (e.g., granular and cellular materials) and applied geomechanics (e.g., offshore geotechnics). In particular, he has created a suite of thermo- and micro- mechanical tools to address fundamental questions in soil mechanics. His latest achievement was the establishment of a 'breakage mechanics' theory for modeling confined comminution; this provided the first continuum approach to allow the prediction of evolving grain-size distribution in brittle granular materials through constitutive modeling. Out of this theory he has recently announced a further advance, 'breakage soil mechanics'. This was a specific application of the theory that explained several previously unexplained aspects of granular soil behavior from a physical basis: the dependence on the initial granular grading and void ratio of (i) yielding and (ii) critical state; and the connection between isotropic hardening and particle fracture. This new model of soil mechanics shows tremendous potential for its simplicity, rigor, and the extent of problems to which it can bring new insights."

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