© 1998

Physics of Dry Granular Media

  • H. J. Herrmann
  • J.-P. Hovi
  • S. Luding

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSE, volume 350)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Static Packings

    1. J. P. Bouchaud, P. Claudin, M. E. Cates, J. P. Wittmer
      Pages 97-122
    2. F. Cantelaube, A. K. Didwania, J. D. Goddard
      Pages 123-128
    3. P. Claudin, J.-P. Bouchaud
      Pages 129-136
    4. O. Tsoungui, D. Vallet, J.-C. Charmet
      Pages 149-154
    5. Ove Ditlevsen, K. Nikolaj Berntsen
      Pages 155-162
  3. Deformation of the Packing

    1. B. Painter, S. Tennakoon, R. P. Behringer
      Pages 217-228
    2. Stéphane Roux, Farhang Radjai
      Pages 229-236
    3. C. T. Veje, D. W. Howell, R. P. Behringer, S. Schöllmann, S. Luding, H. J. Herrmann
      Pages 237-242
    4. Alain Louge
      Pages 243-248
    5. L. Vanel, E. Clément, J. Lanuza, J. Duran
      Pages 249-254
  4. Particle-Particle Interactions

    1. Stéphane Roux
      Pages 267-284

About this book


Dry granular materials, such as sand, sugar and powders, can be poured into a container like a liquid and can also form a pile, resisting gravity like a solid, which is why they can be regarded as a fourth state of matter, neither solid nor liquid.
This book focuses on defining the physics of dry granular media in a systematic way, providing a collection of articles written by recognised experts. The physics of this field is new and full of challenges, but many questions (such as kinetic theories, plasticity, continuum and discrete modelling) also require the strong participation of mechanical and chemical engineers, soil mechanists, geologists and astrophysicists. The book gathers into a single volume the relevant concepts from all these disciplines, enabling the reader to gain a rapid understanding of the foundations, as well as the open questions, of the physics of granular materials. The contributors have been chosen particularly for their ability to explain new concepts, making the book attractive to students or researchers contemplating a foray into the field. The breadth of the treatment, on the other hand, makes the book a useful reference for scientists who are already experienced in the subject.


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Editors and affiliations

  • H. J. Herrmann
    • 1
  • J.-P. Hovi
    • 1
  • S. Luding
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Computer Applications 1University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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