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Granular Media
Between Fluid and Solid


  • Date Published: June 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107034792

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  • Sand, rice, sugar, snow, cement... Although ubiquitous in our daily lives, granular media still challenge engineers and fascinate researchers. This book provides the state-of-the-art of the physics of granular media and recent advances in the field. The book presents the fundamental properties of granular materials: interactions between grains; solid, liquid and gaseous behaviours; coupling with a fluid; and sediment transport and formation of geological structures. Descriptions of the phenomena combine qualitative and formal arguments, coming from areas as diverse as elasticity, plasticity, statistical physics, fluid mechanics and geomorphology. Many examples of the astonishing behaviours of granular media are presented, including avalanches, segregation, dune song and quicksand. This book is ideal for graduate students and researchers in physics, applied mathematics and engineering.

    • First book on granular media that covers the whole range of behaviour: solid, liquid, gas and suspension
    • A pedagogical introduction to the field covering new concepts developed in the field in recent years
    • Provides many examples of granular flows in different applications, especially in geophysics
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    'Granular Media is a welcome step forward in its clarity of composition, descriptions of phenomena, and qualitative discussions and quantitative analysis of applications. The material is accessible for all graduate students in physics, chemistry, applied mathematics, and engineering. It would also serve well as a textbook for an advanced graduate course.' Colin R. Meyer, Pure and Applied Geophysics

    'The book is encyclopaedic in its coverage, supported by more than six hundred references. It is very well written … and will be a welcome addition to those with an interest in the subject.' N. Riley, Contemporary Physics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107034792
    • length: 472 pages
    • dimensions: 249 x 173 x 25 mm
    • weight: 1.13kg
    • contains: 235 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Interactions at the grain level
    3. The granular solid: statics and elasticity
    4. The granular solid: plasticity
    5. Granular gases
    6. The granular liquid
    7. Immersed granular media
    8. Erosion and sediment transport
    9. Geomorphology

  • Authors

    Bruno Andreotti, Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris
    Bruno Andreotti is a Professor at Paris Diderot University and performs his research at ESPCI, PMMH Laboratory, France. His primary research concerns hydrodynamics, wetting and geomorphodynamics.

    Yoël Forterre, Polytech Marseille
    Yoël Forterre is Director of Research at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and performs his research at Aix-Marseille University, IUSTI Laboratory, France. His primary research concerns granular media, complex fluids and plant biomechanics.

    Olivier Pouliquen, Polytech Marseille
    Olivier Pouliquen is Director of Research at CNRS and performs his research at Aix-Marseille University, IUSTI Laboratory, France. His primary research concerns granular media, dense suspensions and complex fluids.

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