Journal article

Force chain buckling, unjamming transitions and shear banding in dense granular assemblies

A Tordesillas

PHILOSOPHICAL MAGAZINE | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

Force chain buckling, leading to unjamming and shear banding, is examined quantitatively via a discrete element analysis of a two-dimensional, densely-packed, cohesionless granular assembly subject to quasistatic, boundary-driven biaxial compression. A range of properties associated with the confined buckling of force chains has been established, including: degree of buckling, buckling modes, spatial and strain evolution distributions, and relative contributions to non-affine deformation, dilatation and decrease in macroscopic shear strength and potential energy. Consecutive cycles of unjamming-jamming events, akin to slip-stick events arising in other granular systems, characterize the stra..

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