Numerical simulation of the effect of interface friction of a bounding structure on shear deformation in a granular soil

Babak Ebrahimian, Erich Bauer*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Recently, the shear behavior of a cohesionless granular strip that is in contact with a very rough surface of a moving bounding structure has been numerically investigated by several authors by using a micropolar hypoplastic continuum model. It was shown that the micropolar boundary conditions assumed along the interface have a strong influence on the deformations within the granular layer. In previous investigations, only interface friction angles for very rough bounding structures were assumed. In contrast, the focus of the present paper is on the influence of the interface roughness on the deformation behavior of the granular strip when the interface friction angle is lower than the peak friction angle of the granular material. In addition to the interface friction angle, particular attention is also paid to the influence of the mean grain diameter, the solid hardness, the initial void ratio, and the vertical stress on the maximum horizontal shear displacement within the granular layer before sliding is started.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1486-1506
Number of pages21
JournalInternational journal for numerical and analytical methods in geomechanics
Volume36
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2012

Keywords

  • Granular materials
  • Hypoplasticity
  • Interface behavior
  • Micropolar continuum
  • Plane shearing
  • Shear localization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Computational Mechanics

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