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Micromechanical analysis of the surface erosion of a cohesive soil by means of a coupled LBM-DEM model

Abstract : The elementary mechanisms driving the ubiquitous surface erosion of cohesive geomaterials can be analysed from a micromechanical perspective combining well-known numerical techniques. Here, a coupled model combining the Discrete Element and Lattice Boltzmann methods (DEM-LBM) provides an insight into the solid-fluid interaction during the transient erosion caused by a vertical fluid jet impinging on the surface of a granular assembly. The brittle cementation providing cohesion between the solid grains is described here by means of a simple bond model with a single-parameter yield surface. The initial topology of the surface erosion tends to mimic the profile of fluid velocity directly above the soil surface. We find that both the rate of erosion and the magnitude of eroded mass depend directly on the micromechanical strength of the single solid bonds.
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Pablo Cuellar, Pierre Philippe, Stéphane Bonelli, Nadia Benahmed, Florian Brunier-Coulin, et al.. Micromechanical analysis of the surface erosion of a cohesive soil by means of a coupled LBM-DEM model. 4. International Conference on Particle-based Methods – Fundamentals and Applications, Sep 2015, Barcelone, Spain. 1121 p. ⟨hal-01269324⟩

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