ZSwalls 2018 is a 2D deep excavation – retaining wall analysis software program. The program is based on the finite element method including coupled formulation for fully- and partially saturated two-phase media and advanced constitutive laws. ZSwalls analyzes excavation sequences including intermediate stability checks.
In addition, ZSwalls v2018 offers:
- user-friendly graphical interface
- simplified overall input strategy
- automated and user-configured, ready to print reporting (see examples Tutorial 1 or Tutorial 2)
ZSwalls offers a variety of support elements which can be associated with different, typically applied excavation methods by:
- retaining walls – diaphragm or sheet pile walls
- tiebacks – anchors, nails
- internal bracing – struts
- top/down technique – slabs
ZSwalls offers the following features:
- fast pre-processing of rectangular-shaped excavations based on the automated finite element mesh generation including locking-free finite elements and an advanced mesh tying technique
- modeling of pile sheet and diaphragms wall and reinforcement elements such as anchors, struts and nails
- accounting for surface loads
- advanced elasto-plastic constitutive model for soils, i.e. the Hardening-Soil model [5, 6], which is commonly recognized and accepted by the geotechnical community (refer to  for comprehensive descriptions on theory, parameter selection and examples of case studies). The model is extended to account for small-strain stiffness which is observed in natural soils .
- time-dependent (consolidation) or steady-state analysis including partially-saturated effects in soil (soil water retention curve model by van Genuchten )
ZSwalls can alternatively be used as a template pre-preprocessor in ZSoil  in order to speed-up data generation.
- Processor : i5, i7 or Intel XEON; AMD not supported
- System 64 bit: Windows: Windows 7 ,Windows 8 or 10
- Update for Universal C Runtime in Windows is required for Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows Vista SP2 (see: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2999226/update-for-universal-c-runtime-in-windows)
- RAM : 8-16GB of RAM recommended
- Hard-disk space : 50 GB
- Graphical resolution : higher than 1280 x 1024 (1024 x 768 supported)
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