Discrete element modeling of Rammed Earth walls

Q. B. Bui, T.T. Bui, A. Limam, J. C. Morel

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Several research studies have recently been carried out to investigate Rammed Earth (RE) material. Some of them attempted to simulate the RE’s mechanical behavior by using analytical or numerical models. These studies always assumed that there was perfect cohesion at the interface between earthen layers. This hypothesis proved to be acceptable for the case of vertical loading, but it could be questionable for horizontal loading. To address this problem, Discrete Element Modeling (DEM) seems to be relevant to simulate a RE wall. To our knowledge, no research has been conducted thus far using DEM to study a RE wall. This paper presents an assessment of the DEM’s robustness for RE walls. Thirteen parameters that were necessary for DEM were identified. The relevance of the model and the material parameters were assessed by comparing them with experimental results from the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRammed Earth Construction - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Rammed Earth Construction, ICREC 2015
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781138027701
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Conference on Rammed Earth Construction - Perth, Australia
Duration: 10 Feb 201513 Feb 2015


Conference1st International Conference on Rammed Earth Construction
Abbreviated titleICREC 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction


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