Experiments show that gravity-driven dry granular flows are essentially layered for smooth spheres. This paper describes layer-to-layer interaction in the flow. Assuming two-dimensional flow and neglecting the interaction of grains within the same layer, one may idealize the problem as an elastic sphere under external forces moving down an incline within a layer of identical spheres placed equally apart. The moving sphere is thus subjected to the total gravitational force which includes the weight of a specified number of layers of spheres above it and its own weight. With such a mechanical approach, estimates can be made for the magnitudes of collisional and non-collisional stresses.
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Computer simulation of dry layered granular flow down an incline composed of grains
Publ by ASCE
New York, NY, United States
Larger Work Title:
Proceedings of Engineering Mechanics
Proceedings of the 9th Conference on Engineering Mechanics