Studies of columns of beads under external vibrations

S. Luding*, E. Clément, A. Blumen, J. Rajchenbach, J. Duran

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As a toy model for dissipative granular materials, we investigate a one-dimensional column of beads undergoing external vibrations. The analysis is both experimental and numerical. We display the crossover from a condensed to a fluidized state of the column; the parameters are the agitation, the number of beads, and the momentum restitution coefficient. We find clustered states for high dissipation and/or a large number of beads. Our experimental findings support the appearance of a fluidized regime at low dissipation and of a Feigenbaum-type bifurcation scenario at high dissipation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1634-1646
Number of pages13
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes


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