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Advanced Friction and Viscoplastic Ground Drag

In this tutorial, you will learn about Advanced Friction parameters in RocFall: Variable Friction (Scarring) and Viscoplastic Damping (Ground Drag).

Topics Covered in this Tutorial:

  • Creating/Editing advanced friction options
  • Analysis of different settings: Basic Friction, Variable Friction, Viscoplastic Ground Drag, and both Variable Friction and Viscoplastic Ground Drag

Finished Product

The finished product of this tutorial can be found in the Tutorial 10 Advanced Friction data file. All tutorial files installed with RocFall can be accessed by selecting File > Recent Folders > Tutorials Folder from the RocFall main menu.

1.0 Introduction

In this tutorial, you will learn about Advanced Friction parameters in RocFall: Variable Friction (Scarring) and Viscoplastic Damping (Ground Drag). These options allow you to model the phenomenon of increase in friction with sliding distance, which may occur when a rock slides on soft ground and builds up material in front of the rock as it slides. This creates a “scar” in the ground and effectively increases friction with distance, which may result in the rock slowing down, coming to a stop, or flipping the rock back into the air. Viscoplastic Ground Drag is the possible energy dissipation from any viscoplastic deformation that is caused by contact of rock and ground.

2.0 Model

Let's start by opening the file for the tutorial:

Select: File > Recent Folders > Tutorials Folder and open the Tutorial 10 Advanced Friction file.

You should see the following model.

Image of model

2.1 PROJECT SETTINGS

Let's start by looking at the model's Project Settings. Advanced Friction settings are available only in Rigid Body models.

  1. Select Project Settings Project Settings icon on the toolbar or the Analysis menu.
  2. In the General tab, make sure Rigid Body is selected and the Use Tangential CRSP Damping check box is DESELECTED.
  3. Make sure Units = Metric (m, kg, kJ).
    Project Settings icon
  4. Click OK.

2.2 ROCK TYPES

Let’s view the model's rock properties in the Rock Type Library.

  1. Select Rock Type Library on the toolbar or the Seeder menu.
    Rock Type Library dialog
  2. Note that we've defined one rock group, Group 1, and that the following polygon shapes have been selected: Polygon Square, Polygon Pentagon, Polygon Hexagon, Polygon Rectangle (5:6) and Polygon Rectangle (2:3).
  3. Click OK or Cancel.

Select: Seeder > Rock Type Library

2.3 SLOPE MATERIALS

Let’s have a look at the Slope Materials in the Slope Material Library.

  1. Select Slope Material Library Slope Material Library icon in the toolbar or the Slope menu.
    Slope Material Library dialog
  2. Notice we've defined two slope materials: soft and hard.
  3. Click Cancel.

3.0 Results

Now we'll switch to Results Mode to view results.

  • Click Results Results icon on the toolbar

You should see the calculated paths of 50 rocks as follows:

Image of model

3.1 ANIMATE ROCK PATHS

You can animate the path of any of the rocks by right-clicking the path in the model and selecting Animate Path. For more help, see Animating Path Results in RocFall.

3.2 GRAPH ENDPOINTS

For this tutorial, we will look at the Endpoints plot:

  1. Select Graph Endpoints Graph Endpoints icon on the toolbar or the Graphs menu. The Graph Endpoints dialog should appear.
  2. Set Data = Endpoint Location.
  3. Set Value = Number of Rocks.
  4. Set Number of Bins = 50.
  5. Set Paths to Plot = All Rock Paths.
  6. Graph Endpoints dialog

  7. Select Plot Data to generate the Distribution of Rock Path End Locations graph.

Distribution of Rock Path End Locations graph

This plot shows the horizontal endpoint locations of each rock.

4.0 Analysis with Advanced Friction

We'll now repeat the above steps but creating three models. The only difference will be the Advanced Friction parameters added to them in the Slope Material Library. We'll add the following:

  1. Variable Friction (Scarring)
  2. Viscoplastic Damping
  3. Variable Friction AND Viscoplastic Damping

4.1 WITH VARIABLE FRICTION

  1. Select Slope Material Library Slope Material Library icon in the toolbar or the Slope menu.
    Slope Material Library dialog
  2. Select Test Material soft in the materials list and click the Advanced Parameters button.
  3. In the Advanced Friction Parameters dialog, select the Scarring Parameters check box and set Material Type = Extra Soft.
    Advanced Friction Parameters dialog
  4. Back in the Slope Material Library, select Test Material hard in the list and click the Advanced Parameters button.
    Slope Material Library dialog
  5. In the Advanced Friction Parameters dialog, select the Scarring Parameters check box and set Material Type = Hard.
    Advanced Friction Parameters dialog
  6. Click OK.
    Notice that the Advanced Parameters button now shows a green check mark to indicate that Advanced Parameters have been applied to a material.
    Advanced Parameter icon
  7. Click OK.
  8. Save the model as Tutorial 10 Advanced Friction - Scarring.
  9. Select Results Results icon on the toolbar.
  10. Select Graph Endpoints icon Graphs > Graph Endpoints. The Graph Endpoints dialog should appear.
  11. Set Data = Endpoint Location.
  12. Set Value = Number of Rocks.
  13. Set Number of Bins = 50.
  14. Set Paths to Plot = All Rock Paths.
  15. Graph Endpoints dialog

  16. Select Plot Data to generate the Distribution of Rock Path End Locations graph.

Distribution of Rock Path End Locations graph

If you compare the endpoint graphs (Basic Friction versus Variable Friction), you can see that the variable friction results in some rocks coming to rest on the slope. With only basic friction, all rocks reached the bottom of the slope.

4.2 WITH VISCOPLASTIC GROUND DRAG

Now repeat the above steps except do the following:

  1. For both the hard and soft materials, turn OFF Scarring Parameters and turn ON Viscoplastic Damping in the Advanced Friction Parameters dialog. We will use the default values corresponding to the extra soft and hard material types.
    Advanced Friction Parameters dialog
  2. Save the model as Tutorial 10 Advanced Friction – Viscoplastic Damping.

4.3 WITH VARIABLE FRICTION AND VISCOPLASTIC GROUND DRAG

Repeat the above steps again with the following settings:

  1. For both the hard and soft materials, turn ON Scarring Parameters and turn ON Viscoplastic Damping, again with the default values.
    Advanced Friction Parameters dialog
  2. Save the model as Tutorial 10 Advanced Friction – Scarring and Viscoplastic Damping.

4.4 ENDPOINT COMPARISON

Now let's compare the results of the four models.

  1. Select Results Results icon on the toolbar for each model.
  2. Select Graph Endpoints icon Graphs > Graph Endpoints for each model. In the Graph Endpoints dialog:
    • Set Data = Endpoint Location.
    • Set Value = Number of Rocks.
    • Set Number of Bins = 50.
    • Set Paths to Plot = All Rock Paths.
  3. Graph Endpoints dialog

    • Select Plot Data to generate the Distribution of Rock Path End Locations graph.
  4. Minimize and tile the views.

Your screen should look similar to the following.

Image of various corresponding graphs and models

Compare the graphs and observe the effects of variable friction and viscoplastic ground drag on the rock endpoints.

5.0 Possible Analysis Outcomes

When you select Results to compute the rock fall analysis for each file, you may see a warning dialog indicating various possible analysis outcomes encountered during the compute. For example:

Warning dialog

This is normal and may occur due to the combination of slope properties and rock properties. You may filter analysis results based on various criteria, including the stopping condition of the rocks. This may help you to better understand analysis results and to adjust input parameters to improve the rockfall simulation results. This is left as an optional exercise.

This concludes the tutorial. You are now ready for the next tutorial, Tutorial 11 - Earthen Berms in RocFall.

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