Effect of Grain Orientation Distribution on Anisotropy of Idealized Granular Materials


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Abstract. The regular grain orientation of granular materials is a common phenomenon in nature. Based on the research of grain shape effect on mechanical property of granular materials, two kinds of idealized shape grain (kind of long rod and square) assemblies with different grain orientation were studied by simulated biaxial compression test using Discrete Element Method. The significant orientation which can be computed as the mean value of all grain orientation is introduced to represent the orientation regularity of granular materials. In order to study the anisotropy, the mobilized friction angle and volumetric strain of assemblies with different significant orientation were obtained under both vertical and horizontal loading. The results show that the regular orientation of grains influences the movement such as motion and rotation obviously; with the increasing of significant orientation, peak mobilized friction angle of long rod grain assembly gradually increases under horizontal loading, and decreasing under vertical loading.



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Yongbo Shao, Shuguang Hao, Yuping Luo, Jibo Xing and Zhiyong Liu




B. Zhou et al., "Effect of Grain Orientation Distribution on Anisotropy of Idealized Granular Materials", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 174-177, pp. 24-29, 2012

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May 2012




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