Mesoscopic scale instability in particulate materials
Nicot, F. ; Veylon, G. ; Huaxiang, Z. ; Lerbet, J. ; Darve, F.
Type de document
Article de revue scientifique à comité de lecture
Affiliation de l'auteur
IRSTEA GRENOBLE UR ETGR FRA ; IRSTEA AIX EN PROVENCE UR RECOVER FRA ; IRSTEA GRENOBLE UR ETGR FRA ; IBISC UNIVERSITE D'EVRY VAL D'ESSONNE EVRY FRA ; UFJ INPG CNRS LABORATOIRE SOLS SOLIDES STRUCTURES RISQUES GRENOBLE FRA
Résumé / Abstract
This manuscript investigates some instability features in granular materials by considering an elementary grain arrangement on the intermediate scale. Although force chains have long been recognized as playing a basic role in the strength of granular specimens, the collaborative contribution of grain loops (grain arrangement) has been highlighted more recently. As a result, the stability of grain loops is expected to strongly govern the stability of the whole assembly. This manuscript shows that such elementary patterns can be destabilised even though the contact law between granules is elastic. This behaviour stems from the nature of the kinematic model describing the geometrical interaction between neighbouring grains.
Journal of Engineering Mechanics-ASCE, vol. 142, num. 8, p. 1 - 12