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Volume 249, 2021Powders & Grains 2021 – 9th International Conference on Micromechanics on Granular Media
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Micromechanics of slow granular flows
Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, India
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Published online: 7 June 2021
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.
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