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DEM simulation of effect of confining pressure on ballast behaviour

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Abstract


  • In this paper, an attempt has been made to investigate the influence of confining pressure on deformation and degradation behaviourof railway ballast using the Discrete Element Method (DEM). A novel approach has been employed to model the two dimensionalprojection of field size ballast particles as cluster of bonded particles. Bonded particles are held together by a bond, and debonding isconsidered as particle breakage. A series of cyclic loading simulations using DEM were carried out on an assembly of angular ballast particles at different confining pressures (10 kPa to 240 kPa). The results highlight that the development of axial strain during cyclicloading as a function of initial confining pressure and number of cycles. Very high axial strain and breakage of particles have been observed at low confining pressure (< 30 kPa) owing to dilative volumetric strain behaviour. In terms of particle breakage, there existsan optimum range of confining pressures where breakage is minimal. In addition, the evolution of particle displacement vectors explains the breakage mechanism and associated deformations during cyclic loading.

UOW Authors


  •   Thakur, Pramod Kumar (external author)
  •   Indraratna, Buddhima N. (external author)
  •   Vinod, J S. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Thakur, P. Kumar., Indraratna, B. & Vinod, J. J S. (2009). DEM simulation of effect of confining pressure on ballast behaviour. In M. Hamza, M. Shahien & Y. El-Mossallamy (Eds.), International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (pp. 602-605). Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press.

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  • 2-s2.0-84865179814

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1896&context=engpapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/engpapers/859

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Start Page


  • 602

End Page


  • 605

Place Of Publication


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

Abstract


  • In this paper, an attempt has been made to investigate the influence of confining pressure on deformation and degradation behaviourof railway ballast using the Discrete Element Method (DEM). A novel approach has been employed to model the two dimensionalprojection of field size ballast particles as cluster of bonded particles. Bonded particles are held together by a bond, and debonding isconsidered as particle breakage. A series of cyclic loading simulations using DEM were carried out on an assembly of angular ballast particles at different confining pressures (10 kPa to 240 kPa). The results highlight that the development of axial strain during cyclicloading as a function of initial confining pressure and number of cycles. Very high axial strain and breakage of particles have been observed at low confining pressure (< 30 kPa) owing to dilative volumetric strain behaviour. In terms of particle breakage, there existsan optimum range of confining pressures where breakage is minimal. In addition, the evolution of particle displacement vectors explains the breakage mechanism and associated deformations during cyclic loading.

UOW Authors


  •   Thakur, Pramod Kumar (external author)
  •   Indraratna, Buddhima N. (external author)
  •   Vinod, J S. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Thakur, P. Kumar., Indraratna, B. & Vinod, J. J S. (2009). DEM simulation of effect of confining pressure on ballast behaviour. In M. Hamza, M. Shahien & Y. El-Mossallamy (Eds.), International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (pp. 602-605). Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84865179814

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1896&context=engpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/engpapers/859

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • 602

End Page


  • 605

Place Of Publication


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands