Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 529–542 | Cite as

Peridynamics Modeling of a Shock Wave Perturbation Decay Experiment in Granular Materials with Intra-granular Fracture

  • M. BehzadinasabEmail author
  • T. J. Vogler
  • A. M. Peterson
  • R. Rahman
  • J. T. Foster


The shock wave perturbation decay experiment is a technique in which the evolution of a perturbation in a shock wave front is monitored as it propagates through a material field. This tool has recently been explored to probe the high-rate shear response of granular materials. This dynamic behavior is complicated due to inter- and intra-granular phenomena involved. Mesoscale modeling can give insight into this complexity by explicitly resolving the interactions and deformation of individual grains. The peridynamic theory, which is a nonlocal continuum theory, provides a suitable framework for modeling dynamic problems involving fracture. Prior research has focused mostly on the continuum, bulk response, neglecting any localized material failure, of granular materials. A systematic investigation of the effects of grain fracture and frictional contact forces between grains on the continuum behavior of granular materials is carried out by peridynamic simulations of a shock wave perturbation decay experiment. A sensitivity assessment of dominant factors indicates that grain fracture, a phenomenon ignored in most computational investigations of granular materials, plays a large role in the bulk dynamic response. Our results show that the wave propagates faster with an increase in the toughness of the material and the inter-particle friction. Also, the shock amplitude is shown to decay faster in tougher materials. It is further confirmed that under strong compression self-contact among fractured grain sub-particles cannot be neglected.


Shock loading Perturbation decay experiment Granular materials Mesoscale modeling Peridynamics Fracture Contact Friction 



We greatly appreciate the financial support from the AFOSR MURI Center for Materials Failure Prediction through Peridynamics and Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-mission laboratory managed and operated by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, Inc., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-NA0003525.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering MechanicsThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.Sandia National LaboratoriesLivermoreUSA
  3. 3.Engility CorporationSan AntonioUSA
  4. 4.Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems EngineeringThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  5. 5.Fiat Chrysler AutomobilesDetroitUSA

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