Shear zone refraction and deflection in layered granular materials

T. Börzsönyi, Tamás Unger, Balázs Szabó

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Abstract

Refraction and deflection of shear zones in layered granular materials were studied experimentally and numerically. We show that (i) according to a recent theoretical prediction shear zones refract in layered systems in analogy with light refraction, (ii) zone refraction obeys Snell's law known from geometric optics, and (iii) under natural pressure conditions (i.e., in the presence of gravity) the zone can also be deflected by the interface, so that the deformation of the high friction material is avoided.

Original languageEnglish
Article number060302
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume80
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 21 2009

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  • Condensed Matter Physics
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Shear zone refraction and deflection in layered granular materials. / Börzsönyi, T.; Unger, Tamás; Szabó, Balázs.

In: Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, Vol. 80, No. 6, 060302, 21.12.2009.

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