Journal article

Granular plasticity, a contribution from discrete mechanics

Luc Sibille, Nejib Hadda, Francois Nicot, Antoinette Tordesillas, Felix Darve

Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2015


Failures by divergence instabilities in rate-independent non-associated material, such as granular matter, can occur from mechanical states described by the plastic stress limit surface, but also from stress states strictly included within this surface. Besides, the failure mode may be localized, with for instance the formation of shear bands, or diffuse with a strain field remaining homogeneous. All these failures can be described in a unique framework where plastic limit stress states appear as particular cases of generalized limit states; and where the effective development of failure is characterized by the unbounded increase of response parameters linked by a failure rule (i.e. a genera..

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