Journal article

Development of micromechanical models for granular media - The projection problem

Stuart DC Walsh, Antoinette Tordesillas, John F Peters

GRANULAR MATTER | SPRINGER | Published : 2007

Abstract

Micromechanical analysis has the potential to resolve many of the deficiencies of constitutive equations of granular continua by incorporating information obtained from particle-scale measurements. The outstanding problem in applying micromechanics to granular media is the projection scheme to relate continuum variables to particle-scale variables. Within the confines of a projection scheme that assumes affine motion, contact laws based on binary interactions do not fully capture important instabilities. Specifically, these contact laws do not consider mesoscale mechanics related to particle group behaviour such as force chains commonly seen in granular media. The implications of this are di..

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