Numerical simulations of topologically interlocked materials coupling DEM methods and FEM calculations: comparison with indentation experiments

Charles Brugger, Marc C. Fivel, Yves Brechet

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Planar assemblies of interlocked cubic blocs have been tested in indentation. Experiments are performed on blocs made of plaster. Influence of key parameters such as the surface roughness, the compression stress and the number of blocs are investigated. A numerical modeling is then proposed based on discrete element method. Each bloc is represented by its centre coordinates. Constitutive equations obtained by finite element simulations are introduced to model the contact between the blocs. The numerical tool is then applied to the case of indentation loading. It is found that the model reproduces all the experimental tendencies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 MRS Spring Meeting: Architectured Multifunctional Materials
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventMaterials Research Society Symposium (MRS) 2009 (Spring) - San Francisco, United States of America
Duration: 13 Apr 200917 Apr 2009

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0272-9172


ConferenceMaterials Research Society Symposium (MRS) 2009 (Spring)
Abbreviated titleMRS 2009 Spring
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CitySan Francisco

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