Numerical analysis of soil ploughing using the particle finite element method

Lluís Monforte, Marcos Arroyo, Maxat Mamirov, Jong Kim

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This contribution illustrates some results from a parametric analysis of the factors affecting soil ploughing. The numerical simulations rely on the Particle Finite Element method, a method known for its capabilities to tackle large deformations and rapid changing boundaries at large strains. A total stress analysis – assuming a quasi-incompressible elastic model along with a Tresca plastic model - is used to simulate a clayey soil behavior. As a first step, a two-dimensional geometry is used and the effect of contact roughness in the horizontal force along the chip formation is assessed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-393
Number of pages4
JournalSpringer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering
Issue number216849
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
EventChina-Europe Conference on Geotechnical Engineering, 2016 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: Aug 13 2016Aug 16 2016


  • Large strain
  • Particle Finite Element Method
  • Plough

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Mechanics of Materials

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