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A MULTIPHASE COMPUTATIONAL FRAMEWORK AND ITS APPLICATIONS TO STUDY THE BEHAVIOUR OF SILTY SANDS

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posted on 29.06.2021, 02:28 by QUOC THIEN PHAN
This thesis introduces a new numerical tool combining the advantages of discrete and continuum modelling approaches to provide quantitative descriptions on the interaction of different phases in silty sands (i.e. water, fines and coarse phases). With this new approach, both fluid and fines particles are treated as continuous phases, while coarse sand particles are still treated as a discontinuous phase to maintain the discrete feature of geomaterials. The main outcomes of this study include i) the comprehensive DEM study on the effect of fines on the behaviour of silty sands, ii) the development of a new continuum approach with a two-phase Eulerian-Eulerian CFD model to upscale fine granular material from discrete to continuum phase, and iii) the development of a three-phase CFD-DEM coupling framework for detail descriptions silty sands at a satisfactory level.

History

Campus location

Australia

Principal supervisor

Ha Hong Bui

Additional supervisor 1

Giang Nguyen

Additional supervisor 2

Abdelmalek Bouazza

Year of Award

2021

Department, School or Centre

Civil Engineering

Course

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type

DOCTORATE

Faculty

Faculty of Engineering