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Numerical homogenization of the viscoplastic behavior of snow based on X-ray tomography images

Abstract : While the homogenization of snow elastic properties has been widely reported in the literature, homogeneous rate-dependent behavior responsible for the densification of the snowpack has hardly ever been upscaled from snow microstructure. We therefore adapt homogenization techniques developed within the framework of elasticity to the study of snow viscoplastic behavior. Based on the definition of kinematically uniform boundary conditions, homogenization problems are applied to 3-D images obtained from X-ray tomography, and the mechanical response of snow samples is explored for several densities. We propose an original post-processing approach in terms of viscous dissipated powers in order to formulate snow macroscopic behavior. Then, we show that Abouaf models are able to capture snow viscoplastic behavior and we formulate a homogenized constitutive equation based on a density parametrization. Eventually, we demonstrate the ability of the proposed models to account for the macroscopic mechanical response of snow for classical laboratory tests.
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Antoine Wautier, Christian Geindreau, Frédéric Flin. Numerical homogenization of the viscoplastic behavior of snow based on X-ray tomography images. The Cryosphere, 2017, 11, pp.1465-1485. ⟨10.5194/tc-11-1465-2017⟩. ⟨insu-03668341⟩



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