Free Energy of Granular Materials in Static Equilibrium

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M. Shahinpoor

Clarkson College of Technology, Potsdam, N. Y., 13676

G. Ahmadi

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran

J. Appl. Mech 46(4), 944-945 (Dec 01, 1979) (2 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3424682 History: Received July 01, 1978; Revised May 01, 1979; Online July 12, 2010


We employ the continuum theory of granular materials due to Goodman and Cowin and some experimental results due to P. G. Nutting to arrive at a functional from for the free energy of granular materials in static equilibrium. The results obtained indicate the dominance of gravitational effect, modify and enlarge the results previously obtained by J. T. Jenkins.

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