Experimental validation of distinct element simulation for dynamic wheel-soil interaction

Lav R. Khot, Vilas M. Salokhe*, H. P.W. Jayasuriya, H. Nakashima

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The deformation behaviour of the soil during dynamic wheel-soil interaction was studied by using the discontinuum modelling technique, distinct or discrete element method (DEM). The simulation model was developed using DEM for two types of soil, soil-A (coarse sand) and soil-B (medium sand). A transparent sided soil bin was used to observe the soil deformation. Three CCD video camera photographic images of the validation experiments were analyzed and compared with the simulation program results. This paper presents the simulation and validation results for two types of soil at three different vertical loadings of 4.9, 9.8 and 14.7 N. Wheel sinkage, vertical and horizontal draft force acting on the rigid wheel and the soil deformation images from the validation experiments were some of the data used to compare the simulation program results with the validation experiments. The simulation program was helpful to understand the complex deformation behaviour of the soils. The simulated results for the deformation behaviour of soil-B showed better correlation with the validation experiments than soil-A. The results obtained have also been compared with the previous work on DEM to explain phenomena such as the high simulated sinkage of the rigid wheel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-437
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Terramechanics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Discrete element method
  • Soil bin
  • Soil deformation
  • Validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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