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A coupled 3-dimensional bonded discrete element and lattice Boltzmann method for fluid-solid coupling in cohesive geomaterials

Min Wang, Y.T. Feng, G.N. Pande, T.T. Zhao, Yuntian Feng Orcid Logo

International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Volume: 42, Issue: 12, Pages: 1405 - 1424

Swansea University Author: Yuntian Feng Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.1002/nag.2799

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This paper presents a 3D bonded discrete element and lattice Boltzmann method for resolving the fluid‐solid interaction involving complicated fluid‐particle coupling in geomaterials. In the coupled technique, the solid material is treated as an assembly of bonded and/or granular particles. A bond mo...

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Published in: International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics
ISSN: 03639061
Published: 2018
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa39984
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Abstract: This paper presents a 3D bonded discrete element and lattice Boltzmann method for resolving the fluid‐solid interaction involving complicated fluid‐particle coupling in geomaterials. In the coupled technique, the solid material is treated as an assembly of bonded and/or granular particles. A bond model accounting for strain softening in normal contact is incorporated into the discrete element method to simulate the mechanical behaviour of geomaterials, whilst the fluid flow is solved by the lattice Boltzmann method based on kinetic theory and statistical mechanics. To provide a bridge between theory and application, a 3D algorithm of immersed moving boundary scheme was proposed for resolving fluid‐particle interaction. To demonstrate the applicability and accuracy of this coupled method, a benchmark called quicksand, in which particles become fluidised under the driving of upward fluid flow, is first carried out. The critical hydraulic gradient obtained from the numerical results matches the theoretical value. Then, numerical investigation of the performance of granular filters generated according to the well‐acknowledged design criteria is given. It is found that the proposed 3D technique is promising, and the instantaneous migration of the protected soils can be readily observed. Numerical results prove that the filters which comply with the design criteria can effectively alleviate or eliminate the appearance of particle erosion in dams.
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 12
Start Page: 1405
End Page: 1424