Local jamming via penetration of a granular medium

M. B. Stone, R. Barry, D. P. Bernstein, M. D. Pelc, Y. K. Tsui, P. Schiffer

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The penetration force required to push a flat plate vertically through a dense granular medium was investigated. It was observed that the stick-slip fluctuations inherent in the drag process have complex behavior which is affected by the finite size of the vessel containing the medium. It was also observed that the penetration force near a solid boundary can be affected by the surface characteristics of the boundary. It was found that penetration force near the bottom is strongly affected by the surface properties of the bottom boundary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number041301
Pages (from-to)041301-1-041301-10
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number4 1
StatePublished - Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability


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