Granular media Lowgravity environment Experimental cells
American Institute of Physics
Aumaitre, S. (S.); Behringer, R.P. (R. P.); Cazaubiel, A. (A.); et al. "An instrument for studying granular media in low-gravity environment". Review of scientific instruments. 89 (7), 2018, 075103
A new experimental facility has been designed and constructed to study driven granular media in a lowgravity environment. This versatile instrument, fully automatized, with a modular design based on several interchangeable experimental cells, allows to investigate research topics ranging from dilute to dense regimes of granular media such as granular gas, segregation, convection, sound propagation, jamming and rheology - all without the disturbance by gravitational stresses active on Earth. Here, we present the main parameters, protocols and performance characteristics of the instrument. The current scientific objectives are then briefly described and, as a proof of concept, some first selected results obtained in low gravity during parabolic flight campaigns are presented.