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Morphological clues to wet granular pile stability

Scheel, M; Seemann, Ralf; Brinkmann, M; Di Michiel, M; Sheppard, Adrian; Breidenbach, B; Herminghaus, Stephan


When a granular material such as sand is mixed with a certain amount of liquid, the surface tension of the latter bestows considerable stiffness to the material, which enables, for example, sand castles to be sculpted. The geometry of the liquid interface within the granular pile is of extraordinary complexity and strongly varies with the liquid content. Surprisingly, the mechanical properties of the pile are largely independent of the amount of liquid over a wide range. We resolve this puzzle...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Materials
DOI: 10.1038/nmat2117


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