Title

Experimental and computational modeling of wave propagation in granular materials

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

12-1-1990

Abstract

A hybrid experimental-computational study has been conducted in order to determine the propagational characteristics of mechanical waves in granular materials. The experimental investigation has used the method of dynamic photoelasticity to collect photographic data which provide information on the wave speeds, integranular contact loadings, and wave-spreading characteristics. The computational study employed the use of the distinct-element method whereby the motion of each granule in the material is modeled by rigid-body dynamics assuming each particle interaction has particular frictionless stiffness and damping forces. The experimental results provide special dynamic material constants necessary for the computational modeling, and they also provide data for comparison purposes. Results from the experimental and computational studies compare well with each other and indicate that local microstructure plays an important role in the wave propagation through such materials. © 1990 Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc.

Publication Title

Experimental Mechanics

Volume

30

Issue

4

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