Class Year

2014

Date

4-23-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Distinguished Thesis

Yes

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

Physics

First Advisor

Nathan W. Mueggenburg

Second Advisor

Michael M. Kash

Third Advisor

R. Scott Schappe

Fourth Advisor

Elizabeth W. Fischer

Abstract

To study the compaction and dilation behaviors of a granular system, a new fiber optic displacement sensor was explored and used to detect bead pack motions during repeated vertical tapping. We investigated the limitations of the new sensor and found ways of optimizing its effectiveness in current and future experiments. We studied how dilation changes with the amount of confinement and the materials’ packing fraction with a goal of finding effective ways to control the dilation and observe compaction under controlled dilation.


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