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Comparison of the effects of rolling resistance and angularity in sheared granular media

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Abstract

In this paper, we compare the effect of rolling resistance at the contacts in granular systems composed of disks with the effect of angularity in granular systems composed of regular polygonal particles. For this purpose, we use contact dynamics simulations. By means of a simple shear numerical device, we investigate the mechanical behavior of these materials in the steady state in terms of shear strength, solid fraction, force and fabric anisotropies, and probability distribution of contact forces. We find that, based on the energy dissipation associated with relative rotation between two particles in contact, the effect of rolling resistance can explicitly be identified with that of the number of sides in a regular polygonal particle. This finding supports the use of rolling resistance as a shape parameter accounting for particle angularity and shows unambiguously that one of the main influencing factors behind the mechanical behavior of granular systems composed of noncircular particles is the partial hindrance of rotations as a result of angular particle shape.
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hal-00842799 , version 1 (09-07-2013)

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Nicolas Estrada, Emilien Azéma, Farhang Radjai, Alfredo Taboada. Comparison of the effects of rolling resistance and angularity in sheared granular media. Powder and Grains 2013, 2013, Sydney, Australia. pp.891-894. ⟨hal-00842799⟩
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