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Influence of particle elasticity in shear testers

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Two dimensional simulations of non-cohesive granular matter in a biaxial shear tester are discussed. The effect of particle elasticity on the mechanical behavior is investigated using two complementary distinct element methods (DEM): Soft particle molecular dynamics simulations (Particle Flow Code, PFC) for elastic particles and contact dynamics simulations (CD) for the limit of perfectly rigid particles. As soon as the system dilates to form shear bands, it relaxes the elastic strains so that one finds the same stresses for rigid respectively elastic particles in steady state flow. The principal stresses in steady state flow are determined. They are proportional to each other, giving rise to an effective macroscopic friction coefficient which is about 10% smaller than the microscopic friction coefficient between the grains.

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Correspondence to Dirk Kadau.

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We thank János Török for stimulating discussions and visualization of the shear bands. This work was supported by the German Science Foundation (DFG) within SFB 445 and grant WO 577/3-3, and by Federal Mogul GmbH.

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Kadau, D., Schwesig, D., Theuerkauf, J. et al. Influence of particle elasticity in shear testers. Granular Matter 8, 35–40 (2006).

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