Numerical modeling of particle migration in granular soils

Numerical modeling of particle migration in granular soils.
Tejada, I.and Sibille, L. and Chareyre, B. and Vincens, E.
In: ICSE 2016 (8th International Conference on Scour and Erosion), 12-15 September 2016, Oxford, UK. (2016)

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Abstract:Suffusion is the process of internal erosion where fine particles migrate under water seepage through a coarser soil matrix. Relevant models of suffusive phenomena must reproduce the poromechanical effects that result from the two-way coupling between the deformation of the solid matrix, the fluid pressure and the flow. In this work, an advanced computational method is used to study the particle migration in granular soils. The so called coupled Discrete Element Method - Pore scale Finite Volume (DEM-PFV) is based on a microscopic hydromechanical approach. It couples the discrete element method that solves the equations of motion for the solid fraction, with a PFV method that solves the fluid flow equations. We use this method to study particle transport through coarser granular assemblies that do not evolve with time. These simulations allow us to obtain, for different cases, the parameters to include in a general advection-dispersion equation (ADE). We paid particular attention to the role played by the intermittent formation of blockages of transported particles in the constrictions of the granular assembly. These temporary and collective trapping events change local fluid flows and affect the particle transport on short time or length scales. As the transport time between consecutive blockages and the duration of blockages have exponential decays, sink and source terms can be added to the ADE.
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects:Coasts > Sediment transport and scour
ID Code:1583
Deposited On:16 Oct 2018 14:16
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