Computer Simulation of Direct Shear Test

by Jeen-Shang Lin, Univ of Pittsburgh, United States,
John M. Ting, Univ of Pittsburgh, United States,
Baliso Vuba, Univ of Pittsburgh, United States,
Shiou Chen, Univ of Pittsburgh, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Mechanics


This paper presents a pilot study of a computer simulation of direct shear test on sands using the Discrete Element Method. The numerical test setup is described first, which is followed by a set of simple tests on sands of uniform assemblies. For these tests, only a constant surface friction was given for each particle, the apparent friction angle envelope as defined by the Mohr-Coulomb criterion was found to be curved.

Subject Headings: Shear tests | Computer models | Sandy soils | Friction | Discrete element method | Particles | Curvature | Washington | United States | North America

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