Mechanical responses of soft particle packings to quasi-static deformations are determined by the microscopic restructuring of force-chain networks, where complex non-affine displacements of constituent particles cause the irreversible macroscopic behavior. Recently, we have proposed a master equation for the probability distribution functions of contact forces and interparticle gaps [K. Saitoh et al., Soft Matter 11, 1253 (2015)], where mutual exchanges of contacts and interparticle gaps, i.e. opening and closing contacts, are also involved in the stochastic description with the aid of Delaunay triangulations. We describe full details of the master equation and numerically investigate irreversible mechanical responses of soft particle packings to cyclic loading. The irreversibility observed in molecular dynamics simulations is well reproduced by the master equation if the system undergoes quasi-static deformations. We also confirm that the degree of irreversible responses is a decreasing function of the area fraction and the number of cycles.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Jul 2016|