Local rheological measurements in the granular flow around an intruder

A. Seguin, C. Coulais, F. Martinez, Y. Bertho, P. Gondret

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The rheological properties of granular matter within a two-dimensional flow around a moving disk is investigated experimentally. Using a combination of photoelastic and standard tessellation techniques, the strain and stress tensors are estimated at the grain scale in the time-averaged flow field around a large disk pulled at constant velocity in an assembly of smaller disks. On the one hand, one observes inhomogeneous shear rate and strongly localized shear stress and pressure fields. On the other hand, a significant dilation rate, which has the same magnitude as the shear strain rate, is reported. Significant deviations are observed with local rheology that justify the need of searching for a nonlocal rheology.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere012904
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number1
StatePublished - 20 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


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