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Title: Characterisation of contact parameters of sand grains to be used for discrete element modelling
Authors: Balamonica, K.
Goh, S.H. 
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: EDP Sciences
Citation: Balamonica, K., Goh, S.H. (2019). Characterisation of contact parameters of sand grains to be used for discrete element modelling. E3S Web of Conferences 92 : 14002. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Discrete element method (DEM) is a numerical technique that models the material as a combination of discrete particles which interact with each other through the contacts springs. While modelling soil in finite element method (FEM), approximations are made which considers soil as a continuous material. Hence certain properties such as void ratio which are intrinsic properties of the soil cannot be directly modelled or monitored. FEM also requires the failure criteria to be defined to predict the post elastic behaviour of the soil. DEM overcomes such drawbacks and the particle contacts are the only parameters that has to be defined. In the present work the contact parameters for sand grains are estimated for the purpose of being modelled in DEM, using direct measurement approach. The parameters required for defining the contact springs between the particles are the young’s modulus, coefficient of restitution, friction coefficient, Poisson’s ratio and density. The estimated parameters from the experiments were used to model the soil behaviour in an oedometer test. The obtained results from the DEM modelling are compared with the experimental results to benchmark the parameters estimated for the sand grains. © The Authors, published by EDP Sciences.
Source Title: E3S Web of Conferences
ISBN: 9.78276E+12
ISSN: 25550403
DOI: 10.1051/e3sconf/20199214002
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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