Sands, Powders, and Grains

An Introduction to the Physics of Granular Materials

  • Jacques¬†Duran

Part of the Partially Ordered Systems book series (PARTIAL.ORDERED)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jacques Duran
    Pages 1-18
  3. Jacques Duran
    Pages 19-52
  4. Jacques Duran
    Pages 119-153
  5. Jacques Duran
    Pages 154-183
  6. Jacques Duran
    Pages 184-207
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-214

About this book


This is an introduction to the physical principles underlying the behavior of materials consisting of grains. These can be found in an enormous variety of places, ranging from the powders used to make vitamin pills to the rings of Saturn, from beaches to grain elevators, and from pottery clay to interstellar dust. Granular materials have interested physicists from Coulomb to Faraday to Reynolds and Rayleigh, but only recently have mathematical and experimental methods been developed to analyze their properties in detail.
This introductory text develops the fundamental physics of the behavior of granular materials. It covers the basic properties of flow, friction, and fluidization of uniform granular materials; discusses mixing and segregation of heterogeneous materials (the famous "brazil-nut problem"); and concludes with an introduction to numerical models. The presentation begins with simple experiments and uses their results to build concepts and theorems about materials whose behavior is often quite counter-intuitive; presenting in a unified way the background needed to understand current work in the field. Developed for students at the University of Paris, the text will be suitable for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduates; while also being of interest to researchers and engineers just entering the field.


deformation dynamics granular material granular media modeling segregation

Authors and affiliations

  • Jacques¬†Duran
    • 1
  1. 1.CNRSUniversity of Paris VIFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-6790-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-0499-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-5114
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