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Volume 249, 2021Powders & Grains 2021 – 9th International Conference on Micromechanics on Granular Media
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Non-monotonic dependence of avalanche durations on particle velocities in the discharge of a silo
Departamento de Física y Matemática Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona (Spain)
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Published online: 7 June 2021
The distributions of avalanche times between successive clog events are analyzed in a silo discharged with a conveyor belt. In a previous work [Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 138001 (2018)], we measured the distribution of avalanche sizes (in number of particles) for the same experiment, finding a monotonous influence of both the outlet size and the velocity of particles in the clogging probability. Nonetheless, if avalanche durations are analyzed instead of avalanche sizes, a minimum is observed when representing the mean avalanche time as function of the velocity of particles. This phenomenon is explained using kinematic arguments, which are validated by experimental data. At the same time, this work aims at highlighting the importance of discerning between measuring clogging avalanches in terms of times or doing it in terms of number of particles.
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