Localisation and fracture propagation in materials with rotating grains and transitional negative stiffness

Yuan Xu

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

We investigate failure of particulate materials with constituents having rotational degrees of freedom and producing moment stresses. We show that micro tensile stresses in the inter-particle links bent due to particle relative rotations are the dominant stresses mode. Analysis and discrete element modelling show that rolling of compound particles (grouping of two spherical particles) produces apparent negative stiffness. We also identify a new, momentarily emerging, negative stiffness during the formation of crack or bond breakage. This, transitional negative stiffness, increases the Poisson's ratio to the critical values corresponding to elastic instability, which forms a mechanism of strain localisation.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date4 Jun 2019
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

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