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By Dimitrios Kolymbas (auth.), Dimitrios Kolymbas, Gioacchino Viggiani (eds.)

This publication offers the lectures of the Symposium on Mechanics of average Solids, carry from seventh to ninth September 2009 in Horto, Greece. It can provide a paradigm for the interconnection of the mechanics of soil, rock, ice and snow and in addition for the interdisciplinary personality of the similar study. consequently, the offered lectures are of basic personality and deal with the prospective interfaces and the attention-grabbing contents of the various subjects.

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And the gravitational force on the center of mass is fg = −∂ w/∂ dt . Similarly, the elastic stress is πi j = −∂ w(ui j )/∂ ui j . When grains jiggle, granular deformation relax, hence ∂t ui j = vi j − ui j /τ, (1) 30 Yimin Jiang and Mario Liu with the usual elastic term vi j ≡ 12 (∇i v j + ∇ j vi ), and a relaxation term −ui j /τ that accounts for plasticity. ] To understand how plasticity comes about, consider first the following scenario with τ = constant. If a granular medium is deformed quickly enough by an external force, leaving little time for relaxation, (ui j /τ) dt ≈ 0, we have ui j ≈ εi j = vi j dt and pi j = 0 right after the deformation.

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