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Subject: 	[powders-and-grains] Granular Matter Webinar Series Announcement
Date: 	Fri, 6 May 2022 16:14:48 +0000
From: 	Jack Manzi <[log in para visualizar]>
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Dear Powders and Grains Community,

Hello all, I hope you are well.

On behalf of the Editors-in-Chief Hans Herrmann, Stefan Luding, and 
Heinrich Jaeger, I would like to announce a webinar presented by the 
journal /Granular Matter/, on Friday, 27 May 2022. Our speaker is Prof. 
Glenn McDowell (University of Nottingham), the topic and abstract are:

*“What is the Normal Compression of Soil?”*

It has long been widely accepted that the normal (plastic) compression 
of sand and clay are very similar: a linear relationship exists beyond 
some sort of yield point when voids ratio is plotted against the 
logarithm of applied stress – at least over one log cycle of stress. 
However the reason for this similarity in behaviour has not been 
exposed.  We present some early thoughts for sand on the evolution of a 
fractal distribution of particle sizes as stress increases and particles 
break.  Only recently have we been able to explain the normal 
compression line more clearly and to propose a new linear relationship 
in log voids ratio – log stress space.  The approach recognises the role 
of the smallest grains, getting smaller and statistically stronger as a 
grading with a fractal number of 2.5 emerges.  However many questions 
have remained unanswered: why should the fractal number be 2.5, what are 
the smallest particles (how small is small?) and what about the rest of 
critical state soil mechanics (peak strength, dilatancy, state boundary 
surface and so on)?  And the important question as to why clay should 
behave macroscopically in the same way has remained unanswered.  In this 
talk, using DEM we explain the micro mechanics of normal compression of 
sand, and propose a space-filling argument for why the fractal number 
should be 2.5.  In addition we explain what we mean by the "smallest" 
particles (because newly formed dust doesn’t contribute to mechanical 
behaviour). We then introduce a simple attraction/repulsion model for 
clay platelets and show that a fractal distribution of macro particles 
evolves as stress increases in order to fill the void space.   We 
believe this is the first time a unifying picture of soil appears to be 

For more information, this is the landing page: 

And this is the link to the registration page: 

Registration is free, anyone can register, and there is no limit on how 
many people can attend.

Feel free to distribute these links among your networks to help 
advertise a colleague’s presentation. Thank you, and I hope to see you 
at the webinar!




Jack Manzi


Assistant Editor, Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science

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