Decoupling Geometrical and Kinematic Contributions to the Silo Clogging Process

D Gella, I Zuriguel, D Maza
2018 Physical Review Letters  
Based on the implementation of a novel silo discharge procedure, we are able to control the grains velocities regardless of the outlet size. This allows isolating the geometrical and kinematic contributions to the clogging process. We find that, for a given outlet size, reducing the grains velocities to extremely low values leads to a clogging probability increment of almost two orders of magnitude, hence revealing the importance of particle kinematics in the silo clogging process. Then, we
more » ... ore the contribution of both variables, outlet size and grains velocity, and we find that our results agree with an already known exponential expression that relates clogging probability with outlet size. We propose a modification of such expression revealing that only two parameters are necessary to fit all the data: one is related with the geometry of the problem, and the other with the grains kinematics.
doi:10.1103/physrevlett.121.138001 pmid:30312039 fatcat:jbdfshxncfgw3dzcmmi4jy53ha