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Contact dynamics in a gently vibrated granular pile.

Kabla, A and Debrégeas, G (2004) Contact dynamics in a gently vibrated granular pile. Phys Rev Lett, 92. 035501-. ISSN 0031-9007

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We use multispeckle diffusive wave spectroscopy to probe the micron-scale dynamics of a water-saturated granular pile submitted to discrete gentle taps. The typical time scale between plastic events is found to increase dramatically with the number of applied taps. Furthermore, this microscopic dynamics weakly depends on the solid fraction of the sample. This process is largely analogous to the aging phenomenon observed in thermal glassy systems. We propose a heuristic model where this slowing-down mechanism is associated with a slow evolution of the distribution of the contact forces between particles. This model accounts for the main features of the observed dynamics.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div C > Biomechanics
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:35
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 06:56
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.92.035501