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Micromechanics of slow granular flows

Gautam, R and Nott, PR (2021) Micromechanics of slow granular flows. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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It has been contemplated for a long time that dense granular materials flow in a stick-slip manner, and large fluctuations in the stresses are associated with it. However, the particle scale mechanics for this type of macroscopic motion has not been understood so far. We have analyzed the time evolution of contact networks from particle dynamics simulations and found that the rate of change of elastic energy of the packing can distinguish the stick regimes and the slip events. The isostatic criterion (number of contacts for a minimally stable particle) has been used to construct a cascade failure mechanism which reveals that the effect of the random breaking of contacts due to applied shear can be system-spanning for some cases. The size of the cascade failures follows a power law that explains experimentally observed large fluctuations is stresses. We expect that this power law distribution can connect the microstructure of a granular packing to its mechanical response. © The Authors, published by EDP Sciences.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Publication: Powders and Grains 2021 - 9th International Conference on Micromechanics on Granular Media
Publisher: EDP Sciences
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Author.
Keywords: Ductile fracture; Granular materials; Particles (particulate matter); Shear flow; Slip forming, Cascade failure; Contact networks; Dense granular materials; Elastic energy; Granular flows; Granular material flow; Particle dynamic simulations; Particle scale; Rate of change; Time evolutions, Stick-slip
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2024 07:24
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 07:24
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/84250

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