Suppression and Emergence of Granular Segregation under Cyclic Shear

Matt Harrington, Joost H. Weijs, and Wolfgang Losert
Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 078001 – Published 16 August 2013


While convective flows are implicated in many granular segregation processes, the associated particle-scale rearrangements are not well understood. A three-dimensional bidisperse mixture segregates under steady shear, but the cyclically driven system either remains mixed or segregates slowly. Individual grain motion shows no signs of particle-scale segregation dynamics that precede bulk segregation. Instead, we find that the transition from nonsegregating to segregating flow is accompanied by significantly less reversible particle trajectories and the emergence of a convective flow field.

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  • Received 15 February 2013


© 2013 American Physical Society

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Matt Harrington1,*, Joost H. Weijs2, and Wolfgang Losert1,†

  • 1Department of Physics and IREAP, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742, USA
  • 2Physics of Fluids Group and J.M. Burgers Centre for Fluid Dynamics, University of Twente, Post Office Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands

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