Geostatic stress state

 A geostatic stress field procedure: is used to verify that the initial geostatic stress field is in equilibrium with applied loads and boundary conditions and to iterate, if necessary, to obtain equilibrium; accounts for pore pressure degrees of freedom when pore pressure elements are used, and accounts for temperature degrees of freedom when coupled temperature–pore pressure elements are used; is usually the first step of a geotechnical analysis, followed by a coupled pore fluid diffusion/stress (with or without heat transfer) or static analysis procedure; and can be linear or nonlinear. The following topics are discussed:
 Related Topics Defining an analysis Coupled pore fluid diffusion and stress analysis In Other Guides *GEOSTATIC Configuring a geostatic stress field procedure

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