Plasticity for crushable granular materials via dem

Antonio Gens, Matteo O. Ciantia, Marcos Arroyo

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The mechanical behavior of crushable granular materials is characterized by strong non-linearity and irreversibility. In this paper, the incremental behavior of crushable granular soils is investigated by numerically simulating three dimensional stress probing experiments on Distinct Element models consisting of a random assembly of spheres. Particle breakage is permitted and the initial high stress condition ensures that crushing will occur along some of the loading directions. The results obtained show that particle crushing considered as an additional source of plastic mechanism induces a change in the direction of the plastic flow and that this direction change is independent of the incremental loading path. This result is independent of damping and the magnitude of plastic strains tends towards an asymptotic value as damping increases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference on Computational Plasticity - Fundamentals and Applications, COMPLAS 2015
PublisherInternational Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9788494424465
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event13th International Conference on Computational Plasticity, COMPLAS 2015 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 1 Sept 20153 Sept 2015


Conference13th International Conference on Computational Plasticity, COMPLAS 2015


  • Discrete element method
  • Granular materials
  • Incremental non linearity
  • Particlecrushing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Theoretical Computer Science


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