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Understanding Multi-scale Structural Evolution in Granular Systems through gMEMS

David M Walker, Antoinette Tordesillas, A Yu (ed.), K Dong (ed.), R Yang (ed.), S Luding (ed.)

POWDERS AND GRAINS 2013 | AMER INST PHYSICS | Published : 2013

Abstract

We show how the rheological response of a material to applied loads can be systematically coded, analyzed and succinctly summarized, according to an individual grain's property (e.g. kinematics). Individual grains are considered as their own smart sensor akin to microelectromechanical systems (e.g. gyroscopes, accelerometers), each capable of recognizing their evolving role within self-organizing building block structures (e.g. contact cycles and force chains). A symbolic time series is used to represent their participation in such self-assembled building blocks and a complex network summarizing their interrelationship with other grains is constructed. In particular, relationships between gr..

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