In order to study analytically the nature of the jamming transition in granular material, we have considered a cavity method mean-field theory, in the framework of a statistical mechanics approach, based on Edwards' original idea. For simplicity, we have applied the theory to a lattice model, and a transition with exactly the same nature of the glass… (More)
Landslide inventories show that the statistical distribution of the area of recorded events is well described by a power law over a range of decades. To understand these distributions, we consider a cellular automaton to model a time and position dependent factor of safety. The model is able to reproduce the complex structure of landslide distribution , as… (More)
We carry out a complete analysis of the schematic diffusive model recently introduced for the description of supercooled liquids and glassy systems above the glass temperature. The model is described by a trivial equilibrium measure and the presence of kinetics constraints is mimicked through a rapidly decreasing mobility at high particle density. The… (More)
By molecular dynamics simulations we investigate the order-disorder transitions induced in granular media by an applied drive combining vibrations and shear. As the steady state is attained, the pack is found in disordered configurations for comparatively high intensities of the drive; conversely, ordering and packing fractions exceeding the random close… (More)
In the framework of schematic hard spheres lattice models we discuss Edwards' Statistical Mechanics approach to granular media. As this approach appears to hold here to a very good approximation, by analytical calculations of Edwards' partition function at a mean field level we derive the system phase diagram and show that " jamming " corresponds to a phase… (More)
– In the framework of schematic hard spheres lattice models for granular media we investigate the phenomenon of the " jamming transition ". In particular, using Edwards' approach, by analytical calculations at a mean field level, we derive the system phase diagram and show that " jamming " corresponds to a phase transition from a " fluid " to a " glassy "… (More)
This paper presents the study of density fluctuations in a model for vibrated granular media. Their microscopic origin is shown to be linked to the microscopic disorder in grains packing. Varying vibrations amplitude and duration, several regimes are found for density relaxation. Its power spectrum is well described by power laws.