ZSoil.PC 2020 – New Features

New constitutive model for soils HSBrick

  • The new HSBrick replaces previous HSS
  • In ZSoil 2020 the HSS is supported
  • Inner small strain stiffness augmentation loop is eliminated
  • The old HSS is still kept but in the new implementation (some differences in the results between ZSoil 2018 HSS and ZSoil 2020 HSS may appear)
  • HSBrick is resistant to the round-off errors, oscillations in the convergence etc…
  • HSBrick behavior is superior with respect to the HSS in transient dynamics but also all transient analyses

Marcin Cudny & Andrzej Truty
Refinement of the Hardening Soil model within the small strain range

in Acta Geotechnica (2020)

Pathological HSS behavior upon small unloadings

Similar HSS and HSBrick when plastic straining is activated

HSS vs HSBrick for OCR > 1

Brick concept + HS model => HSBrick

Element test: nonsymmetric shakedown

Triax test

Dynamics: shear layer : txy – gxy at depth 6.9 m

New creep+aging module for damage plasticity model for concrete

  • Creep+aging module developed in ZSoil 2016 is supported in ZSoil 2020
  • The new module is visible in ZSoil GUI as EC2:2008 (enhanced)
  • It is strongly recommended to start using this new module

New fully consistent visco-elastic aging and creep coupled with damage plasticty

Nonlinear creep in compression (not enough with respect to the EC2)

See more details in ZSoil Day 2019 presentation: Enhanced modeling of creep and aging in damage plasticity model for concrete


New 3D template: Soldier Pile walls

  • HSBrick replaces HSS in all templates released as 2020 versions
  • ZSsoldierPileWall is a real 3D FE calculator taking into account local arching effects
  • Previous ZSwalls 2D template is upgraded with some new features

Visit ZSsoildierPileWall page for more details

New options in VirtualLab