Sudden collapse of a granular cluster.


Single clusters in a vibro-fluidized granular gas in N connected compartments become unstable at strong shaking. They are experimentally shown to collapse very abruptly. The observed cluster lifetime (as a function of the driving intensity) is analytically calculated within a flux model, making use of the self-similarity of the process. After collapse, the… (More)


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@article{Meer2002SuddenCO, title={Sudden collapse of a granular cluster.}, author={D van der Meer and Ko van der Weele and Detlef Lohse}, journal={Physical review letters}, year={2002}, volume={88 17}, pages={174302} }