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Equilibration of granular subsystems

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We experimentally investigate the steady states of two granular assemblies differing in their material properties and allowed to exchange volume with each other under external agitation in the vicinity of their jamming transition. We extract the statistics of various static and dynamic quantities, and uncover a materials-independent relationship between the average packing fraction and its fluctuations. This relationship defines an intensive parameter which decouples from the volume statistics, and remarkably takes the same value in both subsystems. We also observe that an effective diffusion coefficient also takes the same value in each subsystem, even as the structural relaxation time increases over several orders of magnitude. These observations provide strong constraints on the eventual establishment of a granular equation of state.

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21 Dec 2009
25 Feb 2010
First published
14 Apr 2010

Soft Matter, 2010,6, 3074-3081
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Equilibration of granular subsystems

F. Lechenault and K. E. Daniels, Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 3074
DOI: 10.1039/B926754A

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