Granular Matter

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 303–308 | Cite as

Self-assembling of non-Brownian magnetized spheres

  • O. Carvente
  • G. G. Peraza-Mues
  • J. M. Salazar
  • J. C. Ruiz-Suárez
Original Paper


If we pour spherical beads in a container and then gently shake it to increase the compaction of the system, the packing fraction will converge logarithmically to 0.64, the density of a random close packing. If the system is specially sheared, or tapped through an annealing procedure, lattices may self-organize. In this work we study granular crystallization induced by magnetic cohesion. We observe an interesting granular polymorphism probably due to an effective van der Waals-like interaction.


Compaction Granular lattices Self-organized systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Carvente
    • 1
  • G. G. Peraza-Mues
    • 1
  • J. M. Salazar
    • 2
  • J. C. Ruiz-Suárez
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Ingeniería FísicaUniversidad Autónoma de YucatánMéridaMexico
  2. 2.Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de BourgogneUMR 6303 CNRS Université de BourgogneDijon CedexFrance
  3. 3.CINVESTAV-MonterreyApodacaMexico

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