Mapping Grain Strains in Sand Under Load Using Neutron Diffraction Scanning

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Towards the improvement of the understanding of force/stress distribution in granular media under load, a new experimental approach is suggested. Neutron diffraction, a non-conventional experimental technique, has been successfully used to map the evolution of intragranular strains in sand specimens loaded in a novel plane-strain apparatus. Representative preliminary results from recent experiments are presented, focusing on the correlation between the macro- and micro-scale response of the material, to highlight the potential of the experimental approach.


External organisations
  • Institut Laue Langevin
  • ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Other Materials Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Other Mechanical Engineering


  • Granular mechanics, Grain-strain, Neutron diffraction, Plane-strain
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMicro to MACRO Mathematical Modelling in Soil Mechanics
EditorsPasquale Giovine, Paolo Maria Mariano, Giuseppe Mortara
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-99474-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-99473-4
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameTrends in Mathematics
ISSN (Print)2297-0215
ISSN (Electronic)2297-024X