Creep motion in a granular pile exhibiting steady surface flow

Teruhisa S. Komatsu, Shio Inagaki, Naoko Nakagawa, Satoru Nasuno

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Granular piles exhibiting steady surface flow were studied. The existence of rapid surface flow and slow creep motion below this flow was evident. It was found that the velocity of the creep motion decays exponentially and that the characteristic length of the decay is on the order of the particle size and independent of the flow rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1757-1760
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Feb 26 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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