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Virial stress-based model to simulate the silica glass densification with the discrete element method

Abstract : The discrete element method (DEM) presents an alternative way to model complex mechanical problems of silica glass, such as brittle fracture. Since discontinuities are naturally considered by DEM, no complex transition procedure from continuum phase to discontinuum one is required. However, to ensure that DEM can properly reproduce the silica glass cracking mechanisms, it is necessary to correctly model the different features characterizing its mechanical behavior before fracture. Particularly, it is necessary to correctly model the densification process of this material, which is known to strongly influence the fracture mechanisms. The present paper proposes a new and very promising way to model such process, which is assumed to occur only under hydrostatic pressure. An accurate predictive-corrective densification model is developed. This model shows a great flexibility to reproduce extremely complex densification features. Furthermore, it involves only one calibration parameter, which makes it very easy to apply. This new model represents a major step towards accurate modeling of materials permanent deformation with the discrete element method, which has long been a huge challenge in applying this method for continuum problems.
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Mohamed Jebahi, Frédéric Dau, Ivan Iordanoff, Jean-Pierre Guin. Virial stress-based model to simulate the silica glass densification with the discrete element method. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Wiley, 2017, 112 (13), pp.1909-1925. ⟨10.1002/nme.5589⟩. ⟨hal-01681153⟩

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