Mechanical response of granular media: New insights from Diffusing-Wave Spectroscopy
Institut de Physique de Rennes, UMR UR1-CNRS 6251, Université de Rennes 1 - Campus de Beaulieu, F-35042 Rennes cedex, France, EU
Accepted: 16 June 2010
We experimentally investigate the deformation of a granular material submitted to a localised compression force. The strain field is characterised using a near field Diffusing-Wave Spectroscopy technique. The results of point load experiments on an elastic sample are first presented to illutrate the possibilities of the technique. Then, we report new results concerning the behaviour of a granular medium, showing a non-linear response with the force increment and a spatial repartition of the strain that differs from elasticity. Moreover, we analyse the partial reversibility of the deformation after a loading/unloading cycle in terms of both elastic and plastic contributions.
PACS: 83.80.Fg – Granular solids / 78.35.+c – Brillouin and Rayleigh scattering; other light scattering / 62.20.F- – Deformation and plasticity
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