Principal Stresses in Compacted Cohesive Powders

This Demonstration applies the Warren–Spring equation to calculate the unconfined yield stress, major consolidation stress, and effective angle of internal friction of a cohesive powder's compact. The input parameters are the initial consolidation (normal) stress, the yield loci curve's curvature parameter, the compact's cohesion, and its tensile strength. The principal stresses are calculated by finding two tangential Mohr semicircles, one corresponding to the consolidation condition and the other to the strength of the free surface.


  • [Snapshot]
  • [Snapshot]
  • [Snapshot]
  • [Snapshot]


This Demonstration helps to visualize the effects of the Warren–Spring equation parameters and consolidation conditions on the shape of the yield loci curve and a powder compact's strength. It can also be used to assess the flowability of cohesive powders from experimentally determined shear parameters. It finds and plots the Mohr semicircles that are tangential to the generated yield loci curve of a consolidated powder. The yield loci curve is described by the Warren–Spring equation , where is the shear stress, the cohesion, a curvature index, the normal stress, and the tensile strength. The input parameters are the initial consolidation stress, and the Warren–Spring equation's coefficients, , , and , presumably obtained from experimental shear data by nonlinear regression. Their values are entered using sliders. This Demonstration solves three pairs of simultaneous equations to find the unconfined yield stress , the major consolidation stress , and the slope of the line tangent to the Mohr semicircle used to calculate , which defines the effective angle of internal friction. Their calculated values are displayed above a plot that depicts the yield loci curve, the two corresponding Mohr semicircles and the line used to find tan .
, , , , , , and are in stress units (e.g., kPa), is dimensionless, and is in degrees.
Note that not every possible plot produced by the demonstration corresponds to a real powder compact.
Snapshot 1: cohesive powder: yield loci curve with high degree of curvature and large angle of internal friction
Snapshot 2: cohesive powder: yield loci curve with low degree of curvature and small angle of internal friction
Snapshot 3: cohesive powder: linear yield loci curve and large angle of internal friction
Snapshot 4: "almost free-flowing" powder: almost linear yield loci curve and small angle of internal friction
M. D. Ashton, R. Farely, and F. H. H. Valentin, "Some Investigations into the Strength and Flow Properties of Powders," Rheologica Acta, 4(3), 1965 pp. 206–218.
J. C. Williams, "The Storage and Flow of Powders," in M. J. Rhodes, ed., Principles of Powder Technology, New York: Wiley, 1990.
J. Schwedes, "Review on Testers for Measuring Flow Properties of Bulk Solids," Granular Matter, 5, 2003 pp. 1–43.
    • Share:

Embed Interactive Demonstration New!

Just copy and paste this snippet of JavaScript code into your website or blog to put the live Demonstration on your site. More details »

Files require Wolfram CDF Player or Mathematica.

Mathematica »
The #1 tool for creating Demonstrations
and anything technical.
Wolfram|Alpha »
Explore anything with the first
computational knowledge engine.
MathWorld »
The web's most extensive
mathematics resource.
Course Assistant Apps »
An app for every course—
right in the palm of your hand.
Wolfram Blog »
Read our views on math,
science, and technology.
Computable Document Format »
The format that makes Demonstrations
(and any information) easy to share and interact with.
STEM Initiative »
Programs & resources for
educators, schools & students.
Computerbasedmath.org »
Join the initiative for modernizing
math education.
Powered by Wolfram Mathematica © 2014 Wolfram Demonstrations Project & Contributors  |  Terms of Use  |  Privacy Policy  |  RSS Give us your feedback
Note: To run this Demonstration you need Mathematica 7+ or the free Mathematica Player 7EX
Download or upgrade to Mathematica Player 7EX
I already have Mathematica Player or Mathematica 7+