Discrete modelling of time-dependent rockfill behaviour

Abstract : This modelling study deals with the time-dependent behaviour of rockfill media, which is of particular interest during the life of rockfill dams. Breakage of rock blocks and crack propagation are the main processes responsible for rockfill creep and collapse. The modelling procedure presented here is performed on two scales: on the rock block scale, where the grain is taken to be an assembly of rigid particles initially endowed with cohesive bonds, and on the rockfill scale, which is taken to involve a set of breakable grains interacting via contact and friction processes. The grain breakage process is described in term of a thermodynamically consistent damage interface model, where the damage is a gradual delayed process. This model was implemented in a non-smooth contact dynamics code. The effects of the main parameters involved were analysed by performing numerical studies. The ability of the model to predict the creep behaviour of rockfill media is confirmed by presenting several simulations.
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Claire Silvani, Thierry Désoyer, Stéphane Bonelli. Discrete modelling of time-dependent rockfill behaviour. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Wiley, 2009, 33 (5), pp.665-685. ⟨10.1002/nag.743⟩. ⟨hal-00358873⟩

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