Latest Granular material Stories
An experiment in microgravity has revealed future missions seeking to land on an asteroid may have to watch out for an avalanche.
"Terradynamics" could be the next big thing in robotics, helping vehicles move on granular and other complex surfaces like beaches.
Prof. Heinrich Jaeger’s research group examines materials and phenomena that appear simple at the surface, but which reveal tremendous complexity upon close examination.
Scientists have gained a new understanding of the way the energy of a meteorite or a missile transfers to sand and dirt grains by observing high-speed video of projectiles slamming into a bed of disks.
New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) may have an impact in a range of industries, from engineering to pharmaceutical manufacturing.
A stroll on the beach can mean sinking your toes into smooth sand or walking firm-footed on a surface that appears almost solid.
It's easy to get in a jam.
University of Chicago researchers have discovered dry granular materials such as sand, seeds and grains have properties similar to liquid. The physicists from the university's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center said the granular materials form water-like droplets when poured from a given source.
University of Chicago researchers recently showed that dry granular materials such as sands, seeds and grains have properties similar to liquid, forming water-like droplets when poured from a given source.
Today's advanced mobile robots explore complex terrains across the globe and even on Mars, but have difficulty traversing sand and other granular media like dirt, rubble or slippery piles of leaves.
- To swell, as grain or wood with water.