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Volume 249, 2021Powders & Grains 2021 – 9th International Conference on Micromechanics on Granular Media
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Section||Particle Shape Effects|
|Published online||07 June 2021|
Structural characteristics of ordered clusters in packs of ellipses
Graduate school of Engineering, Information and Systems, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1, Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573, Japan
2 Division of Engineering Mechanics and Energy, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1, Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573, Japan
3 Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE, United Kingdom
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Published online: 7 June 2021
Structural characteristics of two-dimensional elliptic granular packs with various aspect ratios and intergranular friction coefficients were studied using the Discrete Element Method (DEM). Isotropic compaction from random unjammed state leads to a jammed state with polycrystals of orientationally ordered clusters (OOC). The OOCs were identified using a cluster labelling algorithm, based on the relative angle Δθ between the major axes of two contacting particles. The threshold value of Δθ was optimised to give the strongest correlation between OOCs and the force chain network. We found that the resulting OOC size distribution decays algebraically with an exponent of −2, independently of grain aspect ratio and material properties.
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