Contact Dynamics modeling of viscoelastic granular materials using irregular polyhedral particles

Juan Carlos Quezada, Cyrille Chazallon, M.A. Aguirre, S. Luding, L.A. Pugnaloni, R. Soto
2021 EPJ Web of Conferences  
Viscoelastic granular materials are present in several disciplines. One example is asphalt mixture employed in road construction. In the last three decades, discrete element modeling has been positioned as a valid tool for the analysis of this multiphase material at the grain-scale. All this despite the simplification of the shape of the particles used in these studies. In this work, it is proposed a simplified procedure for the generation of viscoelastic granular samples composed of irregular
more » ... olyhedra. The numerical aggregates were generated by a Poisson-Voronoi tessellation based on the particle size distribution (PSD) and statistic data of aggregates, without using complex imaging technics. This procedure set the porosity of the packing, while controlling the PSD. Using this procedure implies a significant computational-time reduction by skipping several preparation stages for polyhedral samples, such as deposition by gravity and compaction. This approach can be used for the study granular materials as inclusion in a solid matrix as concrete or asphalt mixtures, particle breaking, and fatigue damage of viscoelastic materials.
doi:10.1051/epjconf/202124911014 fatcat:qqfwfpumfbb5tpndqp5khwo42m