Arching in three-dimensional clogging

János Török, Sára Lévay, Balázs Szabó, Ellák Somfai, Sandra Wegner, Ralf Stannarius, T. Börzsönyi

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Arching in dry granular material is a long established concept, however it remains still an open question how three-dimensional orifices clog. We investigate by means of numerical simulations and experimental data how the outflow creates a blocked configuration of particles. We define the concave surface of the clogged dome by two independent methods (geometric and density based). The average shape of the cupola for spheres is almost a hemisphere but individual samples have large holes in the structure indicating a blocked state composed of two-dimensional force chains rather than three-dimensional objects. The force chain structure justifies this assumption. For long particles the clogged configurations display large variations, and in certain cases the empty region reaches a height of 5 hole diameters. These structures involve vertical walls consisting of horizontally placed stable stacking of particles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number03076
JournalEPJ Web of Conferences
Publication statusPublished - Jun 30 2017
Event8th International Conference on Micromechanics on Granular Media, Powders and Grains 2017 - Montpellier, France
Duration: Jul 3 2017Jul 7 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Török, J., Lévay, S., Szabó, B., Somfai, E., Wegner, S., Stannarius, R., & Börzsönyi, T. (2017). Arching in three-dimensional clogging. EPJ Web of Conferences, 140, [03076].