Granular flow in a rapidly rotated system with fixed walls

EI Corwin, PHYSICAL REVIEW E, 77, 031308 (2008).

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.77.031308

The flow properties in a granular system confined by a rapidly rotated bottom surface and fixed walls are investigated. Above sufficiently high rotation rates the system enters a state in which the flow is independent of the driving rate. Further, a nearly constant shear-strain rate is measured throughout the entire system. Optical and particle imaging velocimetry methods are used to measure the surface flows, and large-scale molecular dynamics simulations are performed to model the flows both at the surface and in the interior of the material. The analysis shows a regime of granular flow in which shear banding is absent.

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