Granular Patterns

Paperback | August 24, 2014

byIgor Aranson, Lev Tsimring

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This book is a systematic introduction to a new and exciting field of patterns in granular matter. Granular materials are collections of discrete macroscopic solid grains with a typical size large enough that thermal fluctuations are negligible. Despite this seeming simplicity, properties ofgranular materials are different from conventional solids, liquids and gases due to the dissipative and highly nonlinear nature of forces among grains. The last decade has seen an explosion of interest to nonequilibrium phenomena in granular matter among physicists, both on the experimental andtheoretical side. Among these phenomena, one of the most interesting is the ability of granular matter upon mechanical excitation to form highly ordered patterns such as ripples, avalanches, or bands of segregated materials. This book presents a comprehensive review of experiments and noveltheoretical concepts needed to understand the mechanisms of pattern formation in granular materials. This book is written for experienced physicists interested in this new rapidly developing field, as well as young researchers and graduate students entering this field. We hope that bothexperimentalists and theorists already working in the field will find it useful.

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This book is a systematic introduction to a new and exciting field of patterns in granular matter. Granular materials are collections of discrete macroscopic solid grains with a typical size large enough that thermal fluctuations are negligible. Despite this seeming simplicity, properties ofgranular materials are different from convent...

Igor Aranson graduated from the Gorky State University with M.Sc. in Physics in 1982. In 1987 he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Physics and Mathematics from the Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Science, Gorky, for a dissertation on the stochastic dynamics of structure in nonequilibrium media. He has published more than 120 resea...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:August 24, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Experimental overview of patterns in granular matter3. Main theoretical concepts and tools4. Phase transitions, clustering, and coarsening in granular gases5. Surface waves and patterns in periodically vibrated granular layers6. Patterns in gravity-driven granular flows7. Patterns in granular segregation8. Granular materials with complex interactions9. Granular physics of biological objects

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`I enthusiastically recommend 'Granular Patterns' to graduate students and researchers working on pattern formation or with granular media. The book is very useful, and having it at hand will foster appreciation of granular patterns and help researchers push the boundaries of that truly richand fascinating subject.'E. Somfai, Physics Today