Computational Particle Mechanics

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 333–348 | Cite as

Tapped granular column dynamics: simulations, experiments and modeling

  • A. D. Rosato
  • L. Zuo
  • D. Blackmore
  • H. Wu
  • D. J. Horntrop
  • D. J. Parker
  • C. Windows-Yule


This paper communicates the results of a synergistic investigation that initiates our long term research goal of developing a continuum model capable of predicting a variety of granular flows. We consider an ostensibly simple system consisting of a column of inelastic spheres subjected to discrete taps in the form of half sine wave pulses of amplitude a/d and period \(\tau \). A three-pronged approach is used, consisting of discrete element simulations based on linear loading-unloading contacts, experimental validation, and preliminary comparisons with our continuum model in the form of an integro-partial differential equation.


Granular column Discrete element simulation Positron emission tracking Continuum model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. D. Rosato
    • 1
  • L. Zuo
    • 1
  • D. Blackmore
    • 2
  • H. Wu
    • 2
  • D. J. Horntrop
    • 2
  • D. J. Parker
    • 3
  • C. Windows-Yule
    • 3
  1. 1.Granular Science Lab, Mechanial and Industrial Engineering DepartmentNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mathematical SciencesNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewarkUSA
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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