A micro-mechanical study of peak strength and critical state

Alex X. Jerves, José E. Andrade

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We present a micro-mechanical analysis of macroscopic peak strength, critical state, and residual strength in two-dimensional non-cohesive granular media. Typical continuum constitutive quantities such as frictional strength and dilation angle are explicitly related to their corresponding grain-scale counterparts (e.g., inter-particle contact forces, fabric, particle displacements, and velocities), providing an across-the-scale basis for a better understanding and modeling of granular materials. These multi-scale relations are derived in three steps. First, explicit relations between macroscopic stress and strain rate with the corresponding grain-scale mechanics are established. Second, these relations are used in conjunction with the non-associative Mohr-Coulomb criterion to explicitly connect internal friction and dilation angles to the micro-mechanics. Third, the mentioned explicit connections are applied to investigate, understand, and derive micro-mechanical conditions for peak strength, critical state, and residual strength.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)1184-1202
Número de páginas19
PublicaciónInternational Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics
EstadoPublicada - 10 jun. 2016
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