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On the torsional loading of elastoplastic spheres in contact

Nadimi, S. & Fonseca, J. (2017). On the torsional loading of elastoplastic spheres in contact. Paper presented at the International Conference on Micromechanics of Granular Media, 3-7 Jul 2017, Montepellier, France. doi: 10.1051/epjconf/201714005001


The mechanical interaction between two bodies involves normal loading in combination with tangential, torsional and rotational loading. This paper focuses on the torsional loading of two spherical bodies which leads to twisting moment. The theoretical approach for calculating twisting moment between two spherical bodies has been proposed by Lubkin [1]. Due to the complexity of the solution, this has been simplified by Deresiewicz for discrete element modelling [2]. Here, the application of a simplified model for elastoplastic spheres is verified using computational modelling. The single grain interaction is simulated in a combined finite discrete element domain. In this domain a grain can deform using a finite element formulation and can interact with other objects based on discrete element principles. For an elastoplastic model, the contact area is larger in comparison with the elastic model, under a given normal force. Therefore, the plastic twisting moment is stiffer. The results presented here are important for describing any granular system involving torsional loading of elastoplastic grains. In particular, recent research on the behaviour of soil has clearly shown the importance of plasticity on grain interaction and rearrangement.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published by EPJ, Nadimi, S. & Fonseca, F. (2017) On the torsional loading of elastoplastic spheres in contact. EPJ Web of Conferences, 140, 05001.
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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