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Evolution of structure of cohesive granular ensembles in compression

Singh, S and Murthy, TG (2022) Evolution of structure of cohesive granular ensembles in compression. In: International Journal of Solids and Structures, 238 .

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2021.111359


A small amount of cementation between particles drastically changes the mechanical response of a granular ensemble. Through a series of interrupted uniaxial compression tests inside the x-ray computed tomograph (XCT) on fine and coarse grained cemented sand specimens, a quantification of the behavior at both the continuum and particle scales is made. At the continuum length scale, displacements and porosity fields are examined. While at the particle scale, the coordination number, particle and contact fabric tensors, directional distribution of particles and contact normals are extracted and analyzed. Particle level phenomenology�at different stages of loading�such as breakage of bonds, formation of new contacts, manifest themselves at the ensemble scale in the form of bifurcation zones, which coalesce into split zones through the specimen. A new paradigm for the fabric tensor is also provided using principal component analysis. The results of the continuum and particle scale analysis are used to provide insights on the compression behavior of cemented sands. © 2021 Elsevier Ltd

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: International Journal of Solids and Structures
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Elsevier Ltd.
Keywords: Compression testing; Computerized tomography; Granular materials; Principal component analysis, Cemented granular material; Cemented sands; Evolution of structures; Fabric tensors; In-situ X-ray computed tomography; Mechanical response; Particle scale; Uni-axial compression tests; X-ray computed; X-ray computed tomography, Tensors
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2022 06:40
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2022 06:40
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/70884

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