An experimental study of the fluctuations in granular drag

István Albert, Pál Tegzes, Réka Albert, John Sample, Albert László Barabási, Tamás Vicsek, B. Kahng, Peter Schiffer

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We study fluctuations in the drag force resisting the motion of an object being pulled through a dense spherical granular medium. These fluctuations are stick-slip in nature due to the jamming and reorganization of the grains. The fluctuations in the force are periodic at small depths, but they become "stepped" at large depths. We interpret this transition as a consequence of the long-range nature of the force chains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)BB771-BB776
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - jan. 1 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Albert, I., Tegzes, P., Albert, R., Sample, J., Barabási, A. L., Vicsek, T., Kahng, B., & Schiffer, P. (2000). An experimental study of the fluctuations in granular drag. Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings, 627, BB771-BB776.