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Friction and dilatancy in immersed granular matter.

Thibaut Divoux


The friction of a sliding plate on a thin immersed granular layer obeys Amonton-Coulomb law. We bring to the fore a large set of experimental results which indicate that, over a few decades of values, the effective dynamical friction-coefficient depends neither on the viscosity of the interstitial fluid nor on the size of beads in the sheared layer, which bears out the analogy with the solid-solid friction in a wide range of experimental parameters. We accurately determine the granular-layer dilatancy, which dependance on the grain size and slider velocity can be qualitatively accounted by considering the rheological behaviour of the whole slurry. However, additional results, obtained after modification of the grain surface by a chemical treatment, demonstrate that the theoretical description of the flow properties of dense granular matter, even immersed, requires the detailed properties of the grain surface to be taken into account.
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ensl-00178753 , version 1 (12-10-2007)


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Thibaut Divoux, Jean-Christophe Géminard. Friction and dilatancy in immersed granular matter.. 2007. ⟨ensl-00178753⟩
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