Coupled tomography and distinct-element-method approach to exploring the granular media microstructure in a jamming hourglass.

We describe an approach for exploring microscopic properties of granular media that couples x-ray microtomography and distinct-element-method (DEM) simulations through image analysis. We illustrate it via the study of the intriguing phenomenon of instant arching in an hourglass (in our case a cylinder filled with a polydisperse mixture of glass beads that… CONTINUE READING