Granular Matter

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 79–86 | Cite as

Brazil nut effect in a rectangular plate under horizontal vibration

  • Fei Fang Chung
  • Sy-Sang LiawEmail author
  • Chia-Yi Ju


An intruder to a group of identical small beads enclosed in a rectangular plate will gradually migrate to either the center or one side of the plate when the plate is subjected to a horizontal vibration. By considering probabilities for a bead to move into and off the space between the intruder and the near side of the plate, we predict that the size ratio and the mass ratio of the intruder to small bead have equal but opposite effects in determining the direction of migration. The prediction is confirmed by a molecular dynamics simulation.


Segregation Vibration Horizontal Brazil nut effect 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsNational Chung-Hsing UniversityTaichungTaiwan

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