A Visit of Granular Matter

  • Etienne Guyon
  • Jean-Paul Troadec
Part of the Nonlinear Phenomena and Complex Systems book series (NOPH, volume 1)


Granular materials have been used for ages in many domains of technology and have served as models in describing the differents states of matter for many centuries. However, their study knows presently new spectacular developments thanks to the use of methods and concepts of statistical physics introduced to describe the disorder of matter. We describe a few properties and experiments wich often display surprising behaviors and begin to be understood. This note is a reduced version of a recently written book “du sac de billes au tas de sable” [1] which deals with the coordinated activity on the subject , in particular in France.


Granular Material Hard Sphere Cone Angle Packing Fraction Granular Flow 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Etienne Guyon
    • 1
  • Jean-Paul Troadec
    • 2
  1. 1.Ecole Normale SupérieureParis Cedex 05France
  2. 2.Groupe Matière Condensée et MatériauxURA CNRS 804 Université de Rennes 1Rennes CedexFrance

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