Starting to Move through a Granular Medium

D. J. Costantino, T. J. Scheidemantel, M. B. Stone, C. Conger, K. Klein, M. Lohr, Z. Modig, P. Schiffer
2008 Physical Review Letters  
We explore the process of initiating motion through a granular medium by measuring the force required to push a flat circular plate upward from underneath the medium. In contrast to previous measurements of the drag and penetration forces, which were conducted during steady state motion, the initiation force has a robust dependence on the diameter of the grains in the medium. We attribute this dependence to the requirement for local dilation of the grains around the circumference of the plate,
more » ... s evidenced by an observed linear dependence of the initiation force on the plate diameter.
doi:10.1103/physrevlett.101.108001 pmid:18851259 fatcat:5yct7rv3bncrjk7fsfxtb2mtli