EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 249, 2021Powders & Grains 2021 – 9th International Conference on Micromechanics on Granular Media
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|Published online||07 June 2021|
Dynamics of undeforming regions in the lead up to failure: jumping scales from lab to field
School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne, Australia
2 GroundProbe, Orica Monitor, Australia
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published online: 7 June 2021
Knowledge transfer from micromechanics of granular media failure to geohazard forecasting and mitigation has been slow. But in the face of a rapidly expanding data infrastructure on the motion of individual grains for laboratory samples – and ground motion data at the field scale – opportunities to accelerate this knowledge transfer are emerging. In particular, such data assets coupled with data-driven approaches enable ‘new eyes’ to re-examine granular failure. To this end, effective strategies that can jump scales from bench to field are urgently needed. Here we demonstrate one strategy that focusses on the study of deformation patterns in the precursory failure regime using kinematic data. Unlike previous studies which focus on regions of high strains, here we probe the development and evolution of near-undeforming regions through the lens of explosive percolation. We find a common dynamical signature in which undeforming regions, which are initially transient in the precursory failure regime, become persistent from the time of imminent failure. We demonstrate the robustness of these findings for data on individual grain motions in a classical laboratory test and ground motion in two real landslides at vastly different scales.
A video is available at https://doi.org/10.48448/sgfr-dm36
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2021
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