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Physics of Granular Suspensions

Micro-mechanics of Geophysical Flows

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  • Combines elements of fluid and solid mechanics, rheology, geotechnics, geomorphology, civil and coastal engineering
  • Examines meso-scale phenomena relevant for the mechanics of granular suspensions and the dynamics of turbidity currents
  • Written by leading experts in the field

Part of the book series: CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences (CISM, volume 612)

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This book provides graduate students and scientists with fundamental knowledge on the mechanics of granular suspensions as well as on the mathematical and numerical techniques that can be adopted to investigate geophysical flows. To this end, three formidably complex problems (sediment transport, flow-like landslide inception, and gravity currents) are considered. The reader will find a thorough combination of elements of fluid and solid mechanics, rheology, geotechnics, geomorphology, civil, and coastal engineering. The first part of the book introduces the problem of granular suspensions from the mathematical viewpoint, focusing on issues that characterise geophysical flows such as turbulence, the effects of inter-particle contacts, and strong velocity gradients. In the second part, different models that were successfully used to investigate the mechanics of granular suspensions in environmental flows are presented.


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Elements of Granular Suspension Dynamics

  2. Three Relevant Geophysical Problems

Editors and Affiliations

  • DICCA, University of Genoa, Genova, Italy

    Marco Mazzuoli

  • IMFT-CNRS, Toulouse, France

    Laurent Lacaze

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