Density-wave fronts on the brink of wet granular condensation.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Density-wave fronts in a vibrofluidized wet granular layer undergoing a gas-liquid-like transition are investigated experimentally. The threshold of the instability is governed by the amplitude of the vertical vibrations. Fronts, which are curved into a spiral shape, propagate coherently along the circular rim of the container with leading edges. They are stable beyond a critical distance from the container center. Based on an analysis of the emerging time and length scales, we propose a model for the pattern formation by considering the competition between the time scale for the condensation of wet granular particles from a gas-like state and that of the energy injection resisting this process.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zippelius, A; Huang, K

Published Date

  • June 15, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 3613 -

PubMed ID

  • 28620191

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5472573

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2045-2322

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2045-2322

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41598-017-03844-0


  • eng