A new strategy to simulate particle crushing in DEM analysis

Matteo O. Ciantia, Marcos Arroyo, Antonio Gens, Francesco Calvetti

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Abstract

The discrete element method (DEM) is progressively gaining acceptance as a modelling tool for engineering problems of direct geotechnical relevance. One area for which the method seems naturally well adapted is that of crushable soils. Grain Crushing is generally modeled using the discrete element method (DEM) via two alternative methods: replacing the breaking grains with new, smaller fragments; or by using agglomerates. The latter, despite being very helpful for the understanding of the micromechanics occurring in a single grain, becomes an unpractical tool for the modeling of larger scale problems. In fact, when considering those alternatives there is always a need to balance computational expediency, accuracy of results and soundness of principle. This work focuses on the encounter of those two last requirements, as exemplified in a series of simulation of high pressure one-dimensional and isotropic compression of Fontainebleau sand. A recently developed model for crushable soils is briefly outlined. It is shown that the upscaling procedure adopted allows a considerable reduction of computational bargain without losing accuracy in terms of grain size distribution evolution and mechanical response.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication11th World Congress on Computational Mechanics, WCCM 2014, 5th European Conference on Computational Mechanics, ECCM 2014 and 6th European Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics, ECFD 2014
PublisherInternational Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Pages1272-1281
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9788494284472
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014
EventJoint 11th World Congress on Computational Mechanics, WCCM 2014, the 5th European Conference on Computational Mechanics, ECCM 2014 and the 6th European Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics, ECFD 2014 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 20 Jul 201425 Jul 2014

Conference

ConferenceJoint 11th World Congress on Computational Mechanics, WCCM 2014, the 5th European Conference on Computational Mechanics, ECCM 2014 and the 6th European Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics, ECFD 2014
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period20/07/1425/07/14

Keywords

  • Crushable soils
  • DEM analysis
  • Particle failure

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