Discrete Element Modeling of Free-Standing Wire Reinforced Jammed Granular Columns
The use of fiber reinforcement in granular media is known to increase the cohesion and therefore the strength of the material. However, a new approach, based on layer-wise deployment of predetermined patterns of the fiber reinforcement has led self-confining and free-standing jammed structures to become viable. We have developed a model to simulate fiber reinforced granular materials, which takes into account irregular particles and wire elasticity and apply it to study the stability of unconfined jammed granular columns.
We acknowledge financial support from the ETH Research Grant ETHIIRA Grant No. ETH-04 14-2 as well as from the ERC Advanced grant number FP7-319968 FlowCCS of the European Research Council. We also want to acknowledge the group of Gramazio/Kohler for the support and for the fruitful discussions.
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