We use capillary condensation simulated by a multiphase Lattice Boltzmann model as a means to generate homogeneous distributions of liquid clusters in 2D granular media. Liquid droplets condense from the vapour phase between and on the grains, and they transform into capillary bonds and liquid clusters as thermodynamic equilibrium is approached. As the amount of condensed liquid is increased, liquid clusters of increasing connectivity are formed and the distribution of liquid undergoes topological transitions until the whole pore space is filled by the liquid. We investigate the cluster statistics and local grain environments. From extensive simulations, we also obtain the mean Laplace pressure as a function of the amount of liquid, which is found to be quite similar to the well-known experimental retention curve in soil mechanics. The tensile stress carried by the grains increases as a function of the amount of condensed liquid up to a peak in the funicular state beyond which the stress falls off as a result of pressure drop inside the merging clusters.

VL - 80 IS - SI JO - Computers and Geotechnics ER - TY - JOUR T1 - Liquid clustering and capillary pressure in granular media JF - Journal of Fluid Mechanics Y1 - 2015 A1 - Jean-Yves Delenne A1 - Vincent Richefeu A1 - Farhang Radjaï AB -By means of extensive lattice Boltzmann simulations, we investigate the process of growth and coalescence of liquid clusters in a granular material as the amount of liquid increases. A homogeneous grain–liquid mixture is obtained by means of capillary condensation, thus providing meaningful statistics on the liquid distribution inside the granular material. The tensile stress carried by the grains as a function of the amount of condensed liquid reveals four distinct states, with a peak stress occurring at the transition from a primary coalescence process, where the cohesive strength is carried mostly by the grains, to a secondary process governed by the increase of the liquid cluster volumes. We show that the evolution of capillary states is correctly captured by a simple model accounting for the competing effects of the Laplace pressure and grain–liquid interface.

VL - 762 JO - J. Fluid Mech. ER - TY - Generic T1 - Lattice Boltzmann modeling of liquid clusters in granular media T2 - 3rd International Symposium on Geomechanics from Micro to Macro Y1 - 2014 A1 - Jean-Yves Delenne A1 - Vincent Richefeu A1 - Farhang Radjaï ED - Kenichi Soga ED - Krishna Kumar ED - Giovanna Biscontin ED - Kuo, Matthew AB -We use capillary condensation simulated by a multiphase Lattice Boltzmann model as a means to generate homogeneous distributions of liquid clusters in 2D granular media. Liquid droplets condense from the vapor phase between and on the grains, and they transform into capillary bonds and liquid clusters as thermodynamic equilibrium is approached. As the amount of condensed liquid is increased, liquid clusters of increasing connectivity are formed and the distribution of liquid undergoes topological transitions until the whole pore space is filled by the liquid. We investigate the cluster statistics and local grain environments. From extensive simulations, we also obtain the mean Laplace pressure as a function of the amount of liquid, which is found to be quite similar to the well-known experimental retention curve in soil mechanics.

JF - 3rd International Symposium on Geomechanics from Micro to Macro PB - CRC Press CY - SEP 01-03-2014 Univ Cambridge, Cambridge, ENGLAND VL - Geomechanics from Micro to Macro SN - 978-1-138-02707-7 ER - TY - Generic T1 - A benchmark for particle shape dependence T2 - 7th International Conference on Micromechanics of Granular Media (Powders and Grains) Y1 - 2013 A1 - Gael Combe A1 - Cécile Nouguier-Lehon A1 - Emilien Azéma A1 - Krzysztof Szarf A1 - Baptiste Saint-Cyr A1 - Marie Chaze A1 - Farhang Radjaï A1 - Pascal Villard A1 - Jean-Yves Delenne A1 - Vincent Richefeu A1 - Philippe Sornay A1 - Charles Voivret A1 - CEGEO Group ED - Yu, A ED - Dong, K ED - Yang, R AB -Particle shape is a major parameter for the space-filling and strength properties of granular materials. For a systematic investigation of shape effect, a numerical benchmark test was set up within a collaborative group using different numerical methods and particles of various shape characteristics such as elongation, angularity and nonconvexity. Extensive 2D shear simulations were performed in this framework and the shear strength and packing fraction were compared for different shapes. We show that the results may be analyzed in terms of a low-order shape parameter η describing the degree of distortion from a perfectly circular shape. In particular, the shear strength is an increasing function of η with nearly the same trend for all shapes, the differences being of second order compared to η. We also observe a nontrivial behavior of packing fraction which, for all our simulated shapes, increases with η from the random close packing fraction for disks, reaches a peak considerably higher than that for disks, and subsequently declines as η is further increased. Finally, the analysis of contact forces for the same value of η leads to very similar statistics regardless of our specific particle shapes.

JF - 7th International Conference on Micromechanics of Granular Media (Powders and Grains) PB - AIP CY - JUL 08-12 2013 Sydney, AUSTRALIA VL - Book Series: AIP Conference Proceedings POWDERS AND GRAINS 2013 ER - TY - Generic T1 - Capillary states of granular materials in the funicular state T2 - 7th International Conference on Micromechanics of Granular Media (Powders and Grains) Y1 - 2013 A1 - Jean-Yves Delenne A1 - Vincent Richefeu A1 - Farhang Radjaï ED - Yu, A ED - Dong, K ED - Yang, R AB -Using a multi-phase lattice Boltzmann model, we investigate the capillary states of a 2D granular packing gradually saturated by condensation from a homogeneously injected vapor phase. The internal stresses induced by surface tension and Laplace pressure are directly calculated from the forces acting on the grains with increasing amount of liquid. The evolution of cohesive strength with the amount of liquid reveals four different states reflecting the connectivity of the liquid phase and local grain environments. It increases in the pendular state, characterized by binary liquid bridges holding the grains together, and within the funicular state with an increasing number of liquid clusters connected to several grains. Beyond 40% of saturation, the cohesive strength falls off due to a decreasing Laplace pressure of liquid clusters.

JF - 7th International Conference on Micromechanics of Granular Media (Powders and Grains) PB - AIP CY - JUL 08-12 2013 Sydney, AUSTRALIA VL - Book Series: AIP Conference Proceedings POWDERS AND GRAINS 2013 ER - TY - JOUR T1 - Particle shape dependence in 2D granular media JF - EPL (Europhysics Letters) Y1 - 2012 A1 - Baptiste Saint-Cyr A1 - Krzysztof Szarf A1 - Charles Voivret A1 - Emilien Azéma A1 - Vincent Richefeu A1 - Jean-Yves Delenne A1 - Gael Combe A1 - Cécile Nouguier-Lehon A1 - Pascal Villard A1 - Philippe Sornay A1 - Marie Chaze A1 - Farhang Radjaï AB -Particle shape is a key to the space-filling and strength properties of granular matter. We consider a shape parameter