Effect of finite container size on granular jet formation

Stefan von Kann, Sylvain Joubaud, Gabriel A. Caballero Robledo, Detlef Lohse, Devaraj van der Meer

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When an object is dropped into a bed of fine, loosely packed sand, a surprisingly energetic jet shoots out of the bed. In this work we study the effect that boundaries have on the granular jet formation. We did this by (i) decreasing the depth of the sand bed and (ii) reducing the container diameter to only a few ball diameters. These confinements change the behavior of the ball inside the bed, the void collapse, and the resulting jet height and shape. We map the parameter space of impact with Froude number, ambient pressure, and container dimensions as parameters. From these results we propose an explanation for the thick-thin structure of the jet reported by several groups ( J. R. Royer et al. Nat. Phys. 1 164 (2005), G. Caballero et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 99 018001 (2007), and J. O. Marston et al. Phys. Fluids 20 023301 (2008)).
Original languageEnglish
Article number041306
Number of pages13
JournalPhysical review E: Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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