High-speed imaging of traveling waves in a granular material during silo discharge

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Abstract

We report experimental observations of sound waves in a granular material during resonant silo discharge called silo music. The grain motion was tracked by high-speed imaging while the resonance of the silo was detected by accelerometers and acoustic methods. The grains do not oscillate in phase at neighboring vertical locations, but information propagates upward in this system in the form of sound waves. We show that the wave velocity is not constant throughout the silo but considerably increases toward the lower end of the system, suggesting increased pressure in this region, where the flow changes from cylindrical to converging flow. In the upper part of the silo the wave velocity matches the sound velocity measured in the same material when standing (in the absence of flow). Grain oscillations show a stick-slip character only in the upper part of the silo.

Original languageEnglish
Article number032301
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume83
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 24 2011

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High-speed Imaging
Granular Materials
granular materials
traveling waves
Traveling Wave
high speed
sound waves
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accelerometers
acoustic velocity
Stick-slip
Accelerometer
slip
Music
Acoustics
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Oscillation
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  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability

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