FLAC Applications

FLAC has been developed primarily for geotechnical engineering applications in the fields of civil, mining, oil and gas, and power generation. FLAC is also a valuable tool used for research in rock- and soil-mechanics, particularly of localization and evolution of shear bands in frictional materials. FLAC has also been used in the manufacturing field where the analysis of highly deformable materials is needed.

The explicit, time-marching solution of the full equations of motion (including inertial terms) permits the analysis of progressive failure and collapse, which are particularly important phenomena for mine design and geotechnical construction. Some example applications modeled using FLAC are listed below.