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How meso shear chains bridge multiscale shear behaviors in granular materials: a preliminary study

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The "incremental shear strain chain" concept (simply called "shear chain") has been proposed recently to quantitatively account for local kinematic features of granular materials. At the microscopic scale, contacts can slide and particles can rotate; while at the macroscopic scale, shear bands appear as a typical localized failure mode. Despite visual spatial distribution features, the direct links from microscopic to macroscopic shear behaviors are still missing. This paper investigates shear characteristics appearing at the micro, meso and macro scales in granular materials, and tries to elucidate how they can be correlated by adopting the shear chain concept. Based on the spatial statistics tools, the shear chain and the shear band orientations are compared by demonstrating that the shear band is influenced by the sample aspect ratio while shear chain orientation only depends on the stress state. Shear chains experience a relative steady and high fabric anisotropy, irrespective to the stress state. Micro contact sliding and particle rotation mainly exist in the shear chain connection positions, which gives possible clues on shear chain forming. In conclusion, the shear band is eventually conjectured to be formed of a collection of crossing shear chains at meso scale, according to detailed analysis and discussion on the correlations of shear behaviors across scales.
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hal-03770696 , version 1 (06-09-2022)

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Jiaying Liu, Antoine Wautier, François Nicot, F. Darve, Wei Zhou. How meso shear chains bridge multiscale shear behaviors in granular materials: a preliminary study. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2022, 252, ⟨10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2022.111835⟩. ⟨hal-03770696⟩
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