|Bulk modulus of soft particle assemblies under compression |
Conference: Powders & Grains (Buenos Aires (virtual), AR, 2021-07-05)
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Using a numerical approach based on the coupling of the discrete and finite element methods, we explore the variation of the bulk modulus K of soft particle assemblies undergoing isotropic compression. As the assemblies densify under pressure-controlled boundary conditions, we show that the non-linearities of K rapidly deviate from predictions standing on a small-strain framework or the, so-called, Equivalent Medium Theory (EMT). Using the granular stress tensor and extracting the bulk properties of single representative grains under compression, we propose a model to predict the evolution of K as a function of the sample's solid fraction and a reference state as the applied pressure P ! 0. The model closely reproduces the trends observed in our numerical experiments confirming the behavior scalability of soft particle assemblies from the individual particle scale. Finally, we present the e↵ect of the interparticle friction on K's evolution and how our model easily adapts to such a mechanical constraint.