Location

Chicago, Illinois

Session Start Date

4-29-2013

Session End Date

5-4-2013

Abstract

This paper summarises the potential of the Discrete Element Method (DEM) to simulate the behaviour of granular materials under cyclic loading conditions. DEM simulations were carried out on two different assemblies of granular particles (e.g. sand and ballast). It is shown that DEM is capable of simulating the cyclic behavior of granular materials (e.g. liquefaction, post liquefaction and cyclic densification of ballast) similar to the laboratory experiments. Moreover, an instrumented track at Bulli, NSW, Australia, was modeled using DEM to examine the lateral movement of granular materials, including the particle breakage during cyclic loading. The results of these simulations captured the lateral response of ballast in accordance with the field observations and the evolution of micro-mechanical parameters such as a distribution of the contact force and bond force developed during cyclic loading is presented to explain the mechanism of particle breakage.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Seventh Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

4-29-2013

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2013 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Dem Modelling of Granular Materials During Cyclic Loading

Chicago, Illinois

This paper summarises the potential of the Discrete Element Method (DEM) to simulate the behaviour of granular materials under cyclic loading conditions. DEM simulations were carried out on two different assemblies of granular particles (e.g. sand and ballast). It is shown that DEM is capable of simulating the cyclic behavior of granular materials (e.g. liquefaction, post liquefaction and cyclic densification of ballast) similar to the laboratory experiments. Moreover, an instrumented track at Bulli, NSW, Australia, was modeled using DEM to examine the lateral movement of granular materials, including the particle breakage during cyclic loading. The results of these simulations captured the lateral response of ballast in accordance with the field observations and the evolution of micro-mechanical parameters such as a distribution of the contact force and bond force developed during cyclic loading is presented to explain the mechanism of particle breakage.