Sudden collapse of a granular cluster


Meer, Devaraj van der and Weele, Ko van der and Lohse, Detlef (2002) Sudden collapse of a granular cluster. Physical Review Letters, 88 (17). p. 174302. ISSN 0031-9007

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Abstract:Single clusters in a vibro-fluidized granular gas in N connected compartments become unstable at strong shaking. They are experimentally shown to collapse very abruptly. The observed cluster lifetime (as a function of the driving intensity) is analytically calculated within a flux model, making use of the self-similarity of the process. After collapse, the cluster diffuses out into the uniform distribution in a self-similar way, with an anomalous diffusion exponent 1/3.
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