Granular Matter

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 603–616 | Cite as

Relation between microstructure and loading applied by a granular flow to a rigid wall using DEM modeling

  • Adel AlbabaEmail author
  • Stéphane Lambert
  • François Nicot
  • Bruno Chareyre
Original Paper


This paper presents a numerical model based on Discrete Element Method used to reproduce a series of tests of dry granular flow impacting a rigid wall. The flow was composed of poly-dispersed non-spherical particles flowing in an inclined chute with different inclination angles. The model has been calibrated based on the flow thickness measurements and the shape of the flowing particles (a single sphere and a clump). Quantitative comparison with experimental data showed good agreement in terms of peak impact force on the wall, the time of the peak and also the residual force values at the end of the tests. After validating the model, relation between microstructure and the normal impact force against the wall was investigated, by comparing the variation of impact force values along the height of the wall for different tests. Microstructural heterogeneities were observed in the impacting and depositing stages of the flow, indicating the presence of arching effect in the granular medium behind the wall.


DEM Granular flow Rigid wall Numerical modeling 



The research leading to these results has received funding from the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013/ under REA grant agreement number 289911. The authors would also like to acknowledge the many valuable suggestions made by Thierry Faug, a researcher in Irstea research institute in Grenoble.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adel Albaba
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Stéphane Lambert
    • 1
    • 3
  • François Nicot
    • 1
    • 3
  • Bruno Chareyre
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Irstea, UR ETGRSt-Martin d’HèresFrance
  2. 2.3SR, CNRSGrenobleFrance
  3. 3.Université Grenoble AlpesGrenobleFrance

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