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Journal Articles Physical Review E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics Year : 2007

Force transmission in a packing of pentagonal particles

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We perform a detailed analysis of the contact force network in a dense confined packing of pentagonal particles simulated by means of the contact dynamics method. The effect of particle shape is evidenced by comparing the data from pentagon packing and from a packing with identical characteristics except for the circular shape of the particles. A counterintuitive finding of this work is that, under steady shearing, the pentagon packing develops a lower structural anisotropy than the disk packing. We show that this weakness is compensated by a higher force anisotropy, leading to enhanced shear strength of the pentagon packing. We revisit ''strong" and ''weak" force networks in the pentagon packing, but our simulation data provide also evidence for a large class of ''very weak" forces carried mainly by vertex-to-edge contacts. The strong force chains are mostly composed of edge-to-edge contacts with a marked zig-zag aspect and a decreasing exponential probability distribution as in a disk packing.
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hal-00129248 , version 1 (06-02-2007)

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Emilien Azéma, Farhang Radjai, Robert Peyroux, Gilles Saussine. Force transmission in a packing of pentagonal particles. Physical Review E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, 2007, http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevE.76.011301. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevE.76.011301⟩. ⟨hal-00129248⟩
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