Two scenarios for avalanche dynamics in inclined granular layers

Tamás Börzsönyi, Thomas C. Halsey, Robert E. Ecke

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We report experimental measurements of avalanche behavior of thin granular layers on an inclined plane for low volume flow rate. The dynamical properties of avalanches were quantitatively and qualitatively different for smooth glass beads compared to irregular granular materials such as sand. Two scenarios for granular avalanches on an incline are identified, and a theoretical explanation for these different scenarios is developed based on a depth-averaged approach that takes into account the differing rheologies of the granular materials.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - May 27 2005


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