Conference paper

Particle shape versus friction in granular jamming

What is the influence of sand grain shapes on an hourglass accuracy, and how does it affect the jamming probability? We study such a question using numerical simulation and our recently introduced spheropolyhedral particles. Spheropolyhedra constitute a very rich class of shapes that naturally generalize the traditional spheres used in the Distinct Element Model. Our experiment consists in pouring particles into a container pierced with a circular opening, and to note whether they flow or jam. By repeating this experiment, one can evaluate the jamming probability of a given granular assembly. We show here that intuition is misleading: while the jamming probability is clearly dependent on friction, it does not show a dependence on particle sharpness.


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