Flow of magnetic repelling grains in a two-dimensional silo
During a typical silo discharge, the material flow rate is determined by the contact forces between the grains. Here, we report an original study concerning the discharge of a two-dimensional silo filled with repelling magnetic grains. This non-contact interaction leads to a different dynamics from the one observed with conventional granular materials. We found that, although the flow rate dependence on the aperture size follows roughly the power-law with an exponent 3/2 found in non-repulsive systems, the density and velocity profiles during the discharge are totally different. New phenomena must be taken into account. Despite the absence of contacts, clogging and intermittence were also observed for apertures smaller than a critical size determined by the effective radius of the repulsive grains.
Received: 10 July 2015, Accepted: 7 August 2015; Edited by: L. A. Pugnaloni; Reviewed by: J. R. Darias, Universidad Simón o Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4279/PIP.070013
Cite as: G Lumay, J Schockmel, D Henández-Enríquez, S Dorbolo, N Vandewalle, F Pacheco-Vázquez, Papers in Physics 7, 070013 (2015)This paper, by G Lumay, J Schockmel, D Henández-Enríquez, S Dorbolo, N Vandewalle, F Pacheco-Vázquez, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0.
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