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Morphodynamics of a dense particulate medium under radial explosion

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In this paper, we investigate the initiation and growth of instability patterns arising from the shock loaded internal surfaces of granular rings confined in a Hele-Shaw cell using both experimental and numerical approaches. A variety of patterns are formed in granular media consisting of grains with varying morphologies. When the particle shape becomes increasingly irregular, and/or the gap in the Hele-Shaw cell becomes narrower, it is increasingly hard for confined particles to fluidize. Consequently the emergent pattern transitions from a smooth circle with trivial undulation which grows in a self-similar manner to an unstable finger-like structure with significant tip-splitting. The distinct growth mode of the well-defined instability pattern is closely associated with its inception phase alongside the transmission of the compaction front. The runaway growth of the incipient perturbations gives rise to the unstable growth of the late-time finger-like instabilities. Conversely the minimal growth of the perturbations in the inception phase guarantees the ensuing self-similar growth of the instability patterns featuring insignificant corrugation. The grain-scale simulations reveal the fundamental role played by the heterogeneous non-linear force network inherent to granular media in the stable-to-unstable transition of the instability pattern. The present work reveals the correlation between the grain-scale physics underpinning the formation of surface instability upon shock loading granular media and the nature of the resulting macro-scale instability patterns. The macroscopic flowability of particles through the confined space is found to be the foremost indicator of the nature of the shock induced granular instability pattern.

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29 Oct 2019
15 Dec 2019
First published
18 Dec 2019

Soft Matter, 2020,16, 1498-1517
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Morphodynamics of a dense particulate medium under radial explosion

K. Xue, P. Han, K. Du, Y. Gan, Z. Wang and C. Bai, Soft Matter, 2020, 16, 1498
DOI: 10.1039/C9SM02150G

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