Bimodal character of stress transmission in granular packings
The correlation between contact forces and the texture of a packing of rigid particles subject to biaxial compression is analyzed by means of numerical simulations. Four different aspects are investigated: stress tensor, dissipation due to friction, angular distribution of forces, and fabric tensor characterizing the anisotropy of the texture. All of them provide evidence that the contact network can be decomposed unambiguously into two subnetworks with complementary mechanical properties.
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