Journal article

Buckling force chains in dense granular assemblies: Physical and numerical experiments

A Tordesillas, J Zhang, R Behringer

Geomechanics and Geoengineering | Published : 2009


This paper focuses on the columnar particle structures known as force chains, and their failure via buckling. The local kinematics and frictional dissipation of this failure mechanism are examined quantitatively for dense, cohesionless granular assemblies, under quasistatic and strain-controlled compression. Data are taken from a physical experiment and a discrete element simulation of bidisperse assemblies of circular particles undergoing shear banding. Particular attention is paid to the deformation and dissipation within a class of particle clusters, each composed of a buckled force chain segment and its laterally supporting neighbours. These particle clusters are found to be confined to ..

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