Effect of geometric base roughness on size segregation

L. Jing, C. Y. Kwok, Yat Fai Leung, Y. D. Sobral

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The geometric roughness at boundaries has a profound impact on the dynamics of granular flows. For a bumpy base made of fixed particles, two major factors have been separately studied in the literature, namely, the size and spatial distribution of base particles. A recent work (Jing et al. 2016) has proposed a roughness indicator Ra, which combines both factors for any arbitrary bumpy base comprising equally-sized spheres. It is shown in mono-disperse flows that as Raincreases, a transition occurs from slip (Ra< 0.51) to non-slip (Ra> 0.62) conditions. This work focuses on such a phase transition in bi-disperse flows, in which Racan be a function of time. As size segregation takes place, large particles migrate away from the bottom, leading to a variation of size ratio between flow- and base-particles. As a result, base roughness Raevolves with the progress of segregation. Consistent with the slip/non-slip transition in mono-disperse flows, basal sliding arises at low values of Raand the development of segregation might be affected; when Raincreases to a certain level (Ra> 0.62), non-slip condition is respected. This work extends the validity of Rato bi-disperse flows, which can be used to understand the geometric boundary effect during segregation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number03056
JournalEPJ Web of Conferences
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2017
Event8th International Conference on Micromechanics on Granular Media, Powders and Grains 2017 - Montpellier, France
Duration: 3 Jul 20177 Jul 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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