Coarsening of Faraday heaps: experiment, simulation, and theory


Gerner, Henk Jan van and Caballero-Robledo, Gabriel A. and Meer, Devaraj van der and Weele, Ko van der and Hoef, Martin A. van der (2009) Coarsening of Faraday heaps: experiment, simulation, and theory. Physical review letters, 103 (2). 028002. ISSN 0031-9007

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Abstract:When a layer of granular material is vertically shaken, the surface spontaneously breaks up in a landscape of small Faraday heaps that merge into larger ones on an ever increasing time scale. This coarsening process is studied in a linear setup, for which the average life span of the transient state with N Faraday heaps is shown to scale as N-3. We describe this process by a set of differential equations for the peak positions; the calculated evolution of the landscape is in excellent agreement with both the experiments and simulations. The same model explains the observational fact that the number of heaps towards the end of the process decreases approximately as N(t)[proportional]t-1/2
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