Effects of weak disorder on stress-wave anisotropy in centered square nonlinear granular crystals

A Leonard and C Daraio and A Awasthi and P Geubelle, PHYSICAL REVIEW E, 86, 031305 (2012).

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.86.031305

The present study describes wave propagation characteristics in a weakly disordered two-dimensional granular media composed of a square array of spheres accommodating interstitial cylindrical intruders. Previous investigations, performed experimentally as well as numerically, emphasized that wave-front shapes in similar systems are tunable via choice of material combinations. Here, we investigate the effects of statistical variation in the particle diameters and compare the effects of the resulting disorder in experiments and numerical simulations, finding good agreement.

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