Volume 88, Number 1, October 2009
Article Number 14001
Number of page(s) 6
Section Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics
Published online 21 October 2009
EPL, 88 (2009) 14001
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/88/14001

Relevance of visco-plastic theory in a multi-directional inhomogeneous granular flow

P.-P. Cortet1, 2, D. Bonamy2, F. Daviaud1, O. Dauchot1, B. Dubrulle1 and M. Renouf3

1   CEA, IRAMIS, SPEC, CNRS URA 2464, Grp. Instabilités & Turbulence - 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France, EU
2   CEA, IRAMIS, SPCSI, Grp. Complex Systems & Fracture - 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France, EU
3   LaMCoS, CNRS UMR 5259, INSA Lyon - 18-20 rue des sciences, 69621 Villeurbanne, France, EU

received on 15 July 2009; accepted in final form by L. F. Cugliandolo on 16 September 2009; published October 2009
published online 21 October 2009

We confront a recent visco-plastic description of dense granular flows (JOP P. et al., Nature, 441 (2006) 727) with multi-directional inhomogeneous steady flows observed in non-smooth contact dynamics simulations of 2D half-filled rotating drums. Special attention is paid to check separately the two underlying fundamental statements into which the considered theory can be recast, namely i) a single relation between the invariants of stress and strain rate tensors and ii) the alignment between these tensors. Interestingly, the first prediction is fairly well verified over more than four decades of small strain rate, from the surface rapid flow to the quasi-static creep phase, where it is usually believed to fail because of jamming. On the other hand, the alignment between stress and strain rate tensors is shown to fail over the whole flow, what yields an apparent violation of the visco-plastic rheology when applied without care. In the quasi-static phase, the particularly large misalignment is conjectured to be related to transient dilatancy effects.

45.70.-n - Granular systems.
83.80.Fg - Granular solids.
45.05.+x - General theory of classical mechanics of discrete systems.

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