Volume 121, Number 3, February 2018
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics|
|Published online||05 April 2018|
Cooperative effects induced by intruders evolving through a granular medium
Surface du Verre et Interfaces, UMR125 CNRS/Saint-Gobain - 39 quai Lucien Lefranc, F-93303 Aubervilliers Cedex, France
Received: 12 December 2017
Accepted: 20 March 2018
Applying mechanical perturbations in a granular assembly may rearrange the configuration of the particles. However, the spatial propagation of an event is not related to the size of the external perturbation alone. Thus, the characteristic length scale of an event is not well defined. In this study, we trigger rearrangements by driving two intruders through a vertical two-dimensional packing of disks. The amplitude of the rearrangements of the granular assembly appearing around the two evolving intruders is related to their separating distances. We show that there exists a characteristic distance between intruders under which the dynamics of the grains above one intruder is influenced by the other. The size of the intruders has little effect on this characteristic length. Finally, we show that the correlation between the movements of the grains decreases with the distance away from the intruders over a larger length scale.
PACS: 45.70.-n – Granular systems / 45.70.Mg – Granular flow: mixing, segregation and stratification / 81.05.Rm – Porous materials; granular materials
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