Issue 13, 2010

Jamming for a 2D granular material


This paper focuses on the nature of jamming, as seen in two-dimensional frictional granular systems consisting of photoelastic particles. The photoelastic technique is unique at this time, in its capability to provide detailed particle-scale information on forces and kinematic quantities such as particle displacements and rotations. These experiments first explore isotropic stress states near point J through measurements of the mean contact number per particle, Z, and the pressure, P as functions of the packing fraction, ϕ. In this case, the experiments show some but not all aspects of jamming, as expected on the basis of simulations and models that typically assume conservative, hence frictionless, forces between particles. Specifically, there is a rapid growth in Z, at a reasonable ϕ which we identify with as ϕc. It is possible to fit Z and P, to power law expressions in ϕϕc above ϕc, and to obtain exponents that are in agreement with simulations and models. However, the experiments differ from theory on several points, as typified by the rounding that is observed in Z and P near ϕc. The application of shear to these same 2D granular systems leads to phenomena that are qualitatively different from the standard picture of jamming. In particular, there is a range of packing fractions below ϕc, where the application of shear strain at constant ϕ leads to jammed stress-anisotropic states, i.e. they have a non-zero shear stress, τ. The application of shear strain to an initially isotropically compressed (hence jammed) state, does not lead to an unjammed state per se. Rather, shear strain at constant ϕ first leads to an increase of both τ and P. Additional strain leads to a succession of jammed states interspersed with relatively localized failures of the force network leading to other stress-anisotropic states that are jammed at typically somewhat lower stress. The locus of jammed states requires a state space that involves not only ϕ and τ, but also P. P, τ, and Z are all hysteretic functions of shear strain for fixed ϕ. However, we find that both P and τ are roughly linear functions of Z for strains large enough to jam the system. This implies that these shear-jammed states satisfy a Coulomb like-relation, |τ| = μP.

Graphical abstract: Jamming for a 2D granular material

Article information

Article type
06 Jan 2010
19 May 2010
First published
02 Jun 2010

Soft Matter, 2010,6, 2982-2991

Jamming for a 2D granular material

J. Zhang, T. S. Majmudar, M. Sperl and R. P. Behringer, Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 2982 DOI: 10.1039/C000147C

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