Link between packing morphology and the distribution of contact forces and stresses in packings of highly nonconvex particles
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An external load on a particle packing is distributed internally through a heterogeneous network of particle contacts. This contact force distribution determines the stability of the particle packing and the resulting structure. Here, we investigate the homogeneity of the contact force distribution in packings of highly nonconvex particles both in two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) packings. A recently developed discrete element method is used to model packings of nonconvex particles of varying sphericity. Our results establish that in 3D packings the distribution of the contact forces in the normal direction becomes increasingly heterogeneous with decreasing particle sphericity. However, in 2D packings the contact force distribution is independent of particle sphericity, indicating that results obtained in 2D packings cannot be extrapolated readily to 3D packings. Radial distribution functions show that the crystallinity in 3D packings decreases with decreasing particle sphericity. We link the decreasing homogeneity of the contact force distributions to the decreasing crystallinity of 3D packings. These findings are complementary to the previously observed link between the heterogeneity of the contact force distribution and a decreasing packing crystallinity due to an increasing polydispersity of spherical particles. Show more
Journal / seriesPhysical Review E
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PublisherAmerican Physical Society
Organisational unit03865 - Müller, Christoph R. / Müller, Christoph R.
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