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A guide to modeling the geotechnical behavior of soils using the discrete element method

  This article describes the discrete element method (DEM) for the modeling of the geotechnical behavior of soils. Emphasis is made on a description of the algorithms and capabilities of the method rather than on the implementation details and equations which are well described in the existing literature. This article aimed to provide a quick guide for practitioners/researchers with some knowledge about the method, but without the time to implement and/or modify their own code. As such, plenty of references are provided, which may be used to explore further detail. Apart from a brief description of the requirements for realistic DEM simulations, a section on practical advice, which could only be gained with years of experience, is discussed.

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Barreto Gonzalez, D., & Leak, J. (2021). A guide to modeling the geotechnical behavior of soils using the discrete element method. In P. Samui, S. Kumari, V. Makarov, & P. Kurup (Eds.), Modeling in geotechnical engineering (79-100). London: Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-821205-9.00016-2

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DEM, Granular materials, Soils, Micro-scale behavior

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