Modelling the Influence of Morphological and Mechanical Properties on the Anchorage of Root Systems

  title={Modelling the Influence of Morphological and Mechanical Properties on the Anchorage of Root Systems},
  author={Lionel X Dupuy and Thierry Fourcaud and Patrick Lac and Alexia Stokes},
A sensitivity analysis based on numerical simulation is presented, in order to investigate the anchorage resistance of root systems. The form and mechanical characteristics of roots used in the models were derived from experimental results found by previous authors. Finite element models were developed to analyse the mechanical process of uprooting. The analysis of local phenomena occurring during uprooting was performed using 2D models, whereas the anchorage of complete tree root systems used… CONTINUE READING
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