MECHANICS AND STRUCTURE OF GRANULAR ASSEMBLIES

Granular materials present a different mechanical behaviour than classical solids and fluids, as their behaviour depends on the complex contact forces and network of the constituent particles. In our group, we study different element tests of granular packings with the general goal of relating micro-structure and contact laws to the constituive relations of a continuum, macro description.

For a general introduction to the subject, click here to see Stefan Luding's talk at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (University of California), on October, 2014.


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