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Presentation Title

Some Settling May Occur: Granular Compaction

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Anthony Mykhaylovsky '15Follow

Location

Young 117

Abstract

After opening a new box of cereal, you see half the cereal is missing. Despite your surprise, the box is actually full. During shipping, the contents settled—resulting in the appearance of a half full box. This effect can be attributed to granular compaction. Our approach to studying compaction includes a well-controlled system containing many spherical masses, which are constrained to move in a long tube. Starting with masses in a loose configuration, the tube is shaken vertically and the masses settle into a compact alignment. To refine the experimental approach, different system loosening techniques and density measuring methods are explored.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2013 11:00 AM

End Date

4-9-2013 11:20 AM

Panel

Panel: Mathematical Applications in Computer Science and Physics

Panel Moderator

George Seyk

Field of Study for Presentation

Physics

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Apr 9th, 11:00 AM Apr 9th, 11:20 AM

Some Settling May Occur: Granular Compaction

Young 117

After opening a new box of cereal, you see half the cereal is missing. Despite your surprise, the box is actually full. During shipping, the contents settled—resulting in the appearance of a half full box. This effect can be attributed to granular compaction. Our approach to studying compaction includes a well-controlled system containing many spherical masses, which are constrained to move in a long tube. Starting with masses in a loose configuration, the tube is shaken vertically and the masses settle into a compact alignment. To refine the experimental approach, different system loosening techniques and density measuring methods are explored.