Harmonic patterns in fine granular vibrated beds

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We examine the spontaneous formation of numerous previously unreported patterns in deep beds of fine grains vibrated at frequencies ranging from 10 to 100 Hz and accelerations ranging from 1 to 14 times gravity. Similarly to shallow beds, we find stripes, closed cells and labyrinthine patterns. In addition, we observe traveling waves, 'cannibalizing' cells and other behaviors that are unexpected and remain unexplained. All of these patterns vary spatiotemporally, and unlike shallow bed patterns, are harmonic rather than subharmonic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-69
Number of pages5
JournalGranular Matter
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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