The ALERT Olek Zienkiewicz Winterschool 2018 
Natural versus compacted clayey soils: from micro to macro behaviour and modelling
will be held at the Politecnico di Bari (Italy) from the 5th to the 9th of November 2018. 
The school is organised in collaboration by The Alliance of Laboratories in Europe for Education, Research and Technology (ALERT Geomaterials) and the geotechnical groups at Politecnico di Bari and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain).
The theme chosen for the Olek Zienkiewicz Winterschool 2018 has been subject of intense research aimed at yielding the impact that micro to meso-scale phenomena of different typology (i.e. mechanical, physico-chemical, thermal, electromagnetic) have on the behaviour of soils and rocks at the macro-scale. 
The school will focus on clayey soils, either natural, or compacted, and provide knowledge about their genesis and consequent features at the micro to meso-scale, and about how their macro-response varies with the micro to meso-features. Particular emphasis will be given to the either experimental, or modelling research contributions that have provided new evidence and understanding of the phenomena at the micro to meso-scale, that generate observable trends in macro-response.
The lectures will concern, as first, the fundamentals about the genesis of clays of different structure, either consolidated or compacted, and about the different scales of structures in clays. Thereafter, they will deal with the analysis and modelling of the hydro-mechanical behaviour of the clayey materials characterized at the micro- to meso-scale. Hence, the course will provide an overview of the up-to-date studies that have represented major paradigms in improving both the understanding of the relationships between the macro-response of classes of clayey soils and their micro to meso-features, and the modelling of their behaviour. 
Starting from the basics of mineralogy and particle interactions, up to basic hydro-mechanical response of reconstituted and natural clays, sensitive and not, the lectures will also focus on the behavior of hard soils, soft rocks and transitional soils, as well as on the effects of weathering, high organic content and fissuring.
The ALERT OZ Winterchool will be organised in 4 hours morning and afternoon sessions, that will be delivered by experienced lecturers coming from different universities: Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, University College London, Université Grenoble Alpes, Ecole del ponts Paris Tech., Politecnico di Bari, Politecnico di Milano, Sapienza University of Rome, Purdue University.

For any information, please contact infoalert.bari2018@gmail.com

Department of Civil,
Environmental, Land, Building
Engineering and Chemistry (DICATECh)

ALERT Geomaterials
The alliance of Laboratories
in Europe for Education,
Research and Technology


DE CATALUNYA – BarcelonaTech
Department of Geotechnical Engineering & Geosciences