On upscaling of discrete element models: similarity principles

Feng, Y.T., Han, K., Owen, D.R.J., and Loughran, J. (2009) On upscaling of discrete element models: similarity principles. Engineering Computations: international journal for computer-aided engineering and software, 26 (6). pp. 599-609.

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Purpose – The main purpose of this paper is to derive a set of similarity principles for discrete element modelling so that a numerical model can exactly reproduce the physical phenomenon concerned.

Design/methodology/approach – The objective is achieved by introducing the concepts of particle “strain” and “stress” so that some equivalence between the physical system and the numerical model can be established.

Findings – Three similarity principles, namely geometric, mechanical and dynamic, under which the numerical model can exactly reproduce the mechanical behaviour of a physical model are proposed. In particular, the concept of the scale invariant interaction law is further introduced. The scalability of a number of most commonly used interaction laws in the discrete element modelling is examined.

Research limitations/implications – This is a preliminary research for a very important and challenging topic. More research, particularly in the understanding of the convergent properties of discrete element models, is needed.

Originality/value – The paper provides some important theoretical guidances to computational modelling of particle systems using discrete element techniques.

Item ID: 11267
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1758-7077
Keywords: modelling; predictive process; strain measurement; stress (materials)
Date Deposited: 21 May 2010 05:29
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091308 Solid Mechanics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 84 MINERAL RESOURCES (excl. Energy Resources) > 8402 Primary Mining and Extraction Processes of Mineral Resources > 840299 Primary Mining and Extraction of Mineral Resources not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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