Multiscale Mechanics of Granular Materials

Invited Lecturers

Stefan Luding (University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands)
6 lectures on the discrete element method (DEM) with molecular dynamics, rheology of inertial granular flows, averaging techniques to recover continuum behaviour from DEM simulations, and models of cohesive powders.
Takashi Matsushima (University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan)
5 lectures on the experimental observation of granular materials (X-ray CT, LAT), micromechanical models of quasistatic behaviour, effects of grain properties such as size and shape polydispersity, and micromechanics of clays.
Farhang Franck Radjai (Université Montpellier 2, France)
6 lectures on the statistical-physics tools for the description of disordered systems, discrete element method with contact dynamics, force transmission in granular materials, statistical homogenization of granular plastic behaviour, and micromechanics of wet granular materials.
Jean-Noël Roux (ENPC-CNRS-IFSTTAR, Champs-sur-Marne, France)
6 lectures on the microscopic ingredients of a granular model and dimensional analysis, contact networks and packing geometry, macro-elasticity from micro-elasticity of the grains, and elasto-plasticity of granular media and the possibility of a quasistatic approach.
Kenichi Soga (University of Cambridge, UK)
6 lectures on the stress-strain behaviour of granular materials, critical state soil mechanics and soil models, and time dependent behaviour of soils.
Richard Wan (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
6 lectures on the mechanics of continuous media, description of granular media within continuum framework, granular instabilities under homogeneous states of shearing, contemporary failure theories based on the second order work and finite element modeling with failure criteria.

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