Distinct element analysis of the microstructure evolution in granular soils under cyclic loading

To enhance the understanding of the cyclic behaviors of granular soils and provide significant insights into the constitutive modelling, this paper investigates the microstructure and its evolution under cyclic loading using distinct element method

Mingjing Jiang; An Zhang; Tao Li

2019

Scholarcy highlights

  • Granular soils exhibit very complex macroscopic mechanical responses when subjected to cyclic loading
  • To enhance the understanding of the cyclic behaviors of granular soils and provide significant insights into the constitutive modelling, this paper investigates the microstructure and its evolution under cyclic loading using distinct element method
  • The simulations indicate that the evolutions of coordination number and contact fabric are highly dependent on the relative density and cyclic mode
  • A threshold value for the fabric anisotropy exists under cyclic loading, and once the threshold is reached, the internal structure of the specimen tends to be unstable, and the critical coordination number is reached at the specimen failure
  • The contact normal fabric tensor is always coaxial with the stress tensor under cyclic loading regardless of the sand relative density and cyclic model
  • There is no unique relationship between the contact normal fabric and stress, a uniqueness relationship between strong contact fabric and stress can be observed

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