Partner: A. Zubelewicz

University of New Mexico (USA)

Recent publications
1.Rojek J., Zubelewicz A., Madan N., Nosewicz S., New formulation of the discrete element method, AIP Conference Proceedings, ISSN: 0094-243X, Vol.1922, No.030009, pp.1-8, 2018
2.Zubelewicz A., Mróz Z., Numerical simulation of rock burst processes treated as problems of dynamic instability, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, ISSN: 0723-2632, DOI: 10.1007/BF01042360, Vol.16, No.4, pp.253-274, 1983

The phenomenon of rock burst occurs when the static stability conditions of the rock mass are violated and the dynamic failure process proceeds starting from the equilibrium state. In view of the difficulties in determining numerically the instability point, an alternative approach is advocated here: after solving the initial static problem the mode and onset of dynamic failure are studied by superposition of dynamic disturbances. In this way quantitative analyses of rock burst phenomena may be handled in a relatively simple manner.

Zubelewicz A.-University of New Mexico (USA)

Conference abstracts
1.Rojek J., Zubelewicz A., Madan N., Nosewicz S., New formulation of the discrete element method, CMM-2017, 22nd International Conference on Computer Methods in Mechanics, 2017-09-13/09-16, Lublin (PL), pp.MS13-27-MS13-28, 2017

This work presents a new original formulation of the discrete element method based on the soft contact approach. The standard DEM has been enhanced by introduction of the additional (global) deformation mode caused by the stresses in the particles induced by the contact forces. Uniform stresses and strains are assumed for each particle. The stresses are calculated from the contact forces. The strains are obtained using an inverse constitutive relationship. The strains allow us to obtain deformed particle shapes. The deformed shapes (ellipses) are taken into account in contact detection and evaluation of the contact forces. The numerical example shows that a particle deformation changes the particle interaction and the distribution of forces in the discrete element assembly.


discrete element method; deformable particles; soft contact

Zubelewicz A.-University of New Mexico (USA)
Nosewicz S.-IPPT PAN