Rheological characteristics of solid-fluid transition in dry granular dense flows: A thermodynamically consistent constitutive model with a pressure-ratio order parameter

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Abstract

Dry granular flows are characterized as quasi-static, dense and collisional states by the interactions among the grains, which is indexed macroscopically by an internal variable, called the order parameter defined as the square root of the static pressure to the total pressure. The solid-fluid state transition is regarded as a second-order phase transition process, and is described by a kinematic evolution of the order parameter. The thermodynamic analysis, based on the Müller-Liu entropy principle, is employed to deduce the equilibrium responses of the constitutive equations, while the dynamic responses are postulated on the basis of a quasi-linear and the second-order Ginzburg-Landau phase transition theories. The obtained model is applied to study the rheological characteristics of a dry granular dense flow between two infinite parallel plates, of which the results are compared with those from DEM simulations to estimate the model validity. The present study provides a general framework for the theoretical justifications on the thermodynamic consistencies of order-parameter-based constitutive models, and can be extended to flows in quasi-static or collisional states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)881-905
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics
Volume34
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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