PFC / PFC3D Introductory Course - 2018

Course Language 
  • English
Related Software 


Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

April 9 - 12, 2018


Details and Description 

This four-day introductory course provides guidance in the use of the Itasca PFC and PFC3D software to simulate the mechanical behavior of granular and solid materials. The focus is on simulating the fracture and flow of brittle rock-like materials. The PFC codes provide a general distinct-element engine along with the embedded language FISH, which provides full access to the internal variables of the model and allows one to implement user-defined behaviors. Most PFC modeling requires the use of FISH. After the distinct-element framework that forms the theoretical basis for PFC is understood and FISH is mastered, the PFC codes can be used to simulate any physical process whose physics can be described by the interactions of discrete bodies. This course combines lectures with hands-on modeling exercises.

Dr. David Potyondy, Senior Geomechanics and Software Engineer

Dr. Potyondy has developed and applied both continuum and discontinuum models to represent damage and flow processes on both a macro- and a micro-scale. He has directed development of the PFC codes, has developed the structural-element logic in the FLAC3D code and has developed novel techniques for applying micro-mechanical discontinuum models to fracture-related boundary-value problems, including the prediction of excavation damage produced by stress, temperature and stress corrosion.

Derrick Blanksma, Geotechnical Engineer

Mr. Blanksma is a geotechnical engineer with experience in experimental design and analysis of soil and rock. He has experience in laboratory testing, including direct shear, uniaxial compression, triaxial compression and fracture testing. In addition to experimental applications, he also has experience in numerical modeling applied to slope stability in soil and rock mass containing inclusions. Derrick also has experience with computer-aided design relating to experimental fabrication and surface structure rendering.

What to Bring? 

Each participant must have a computer with administrative rights and Windows 7, 8 or 10.


The course will be held at The Depot, Renaissance Hotel:

225 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55401

The Depot
225 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
United States