A modified micromorphic model based on micromechanics for granular materials

29 Jun 2019  ·  Xiu Chenxi, Chu Xihua ·

The purpose of this study is to propose a modified micromorphic continuum model for granular materials based on a micromechanics approach. In this model, Cauchy stress and the couple stress are symmetric conjugated with the symmetric strain and the symmetric curvature respectively, and the relative stress measures are asymmetric conjugated with the asymmetric relative strain measures... This modified micromorphic model considers a continuum material point as a granular volume element whose deformation behavior is influenced by the translation and the rotation of particles. And this study proposes that the microscopic actual motion is decomposed into a macroscopic motion and a fluctuation between the macro-micro motion. Based on this decomposition, the micromorphic constitutive relationships are derived for granular materials. In the constitutive relationships, the macroscopic constitutive relationships are first-order because of the introduce of the independent rotation of particle instead of the second-order micro-deformation gradient. Furthermore, the complex constitutive moduli in the micromorphic model are obtained in the expressions of the microstructural information such as the contact stiffness and the internal length. read more

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