Propagation of interacting force chains in the continuum limit

Yael Roichman, Dov Levine, Irad Yavneh

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We study the effect of mergers in the force chain model describing the stress profile in static granular materials. Combining numerical and analytical calculations, we show that granular materials do not generally behave in an elasticlike manner; however, they may under specific conditions, which are elaborated. Nonelastic behavior resulting from the nonlinearity of the full force chain model is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


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