Physics of sand castles: maximum angle of stability in wet and dry granular media

Albert László Barabási, Réka Albert, Peter Schiffer

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Abstract

We demonstrate that stability criteria can be used to calculate the maximum angle of stability, θm, of a granular medium composed of spherical particles in three dimensions and circular discs in two dimensions. We apply the results to wet granular material by calculating the dependence of θm on the liquid content of the material. The results are in good agreement with our experimental data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)366-371
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Volume266
Issue number1-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 15 1999
EventProceedings of the 1998 International Conference on Percolation and Disordered Systems: Theory and Applications - Giessen, Ger
Duration: Jul 14 1998Jul 17 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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