Decoupling Geometrical and Kinematic Contributions to the Silo Clogging Process
Keywords: 
Silo Clogging Process
Geometrical
Kinematic
Grains velocity
Issue Date: 
2018
Project: 
FIS2014-57325; FIS2017-84631-P
Citation: 
Maza-Ozcoidi, D. (Diego); Gella, D. (Diego); Zuriguel-Ballaz, I. (Iker). "Decoupling Geometrical and Kinematic Contributions to the Silo Clogging Process". PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS. 121, 2018, 1 - 5
Abstract
Based on the implementation of a novel silo discharge procedure, we are able to control the grains velocities regardless of the outlet size. This allows isolating the geometrical and kinematic contributions to the clogging process. We find that, for a given outlet size, reducing the grains velocities to extremely low values leads to a clogging probability increment of almost two orders of magnitude, hence revealing the importance of particle kinematics in the silo clogging process. Then, we explore the contribution of both variables, outlet size and grains velocity, and we find that our results agree with an already known exponential expression that relates clogging probability with outlet size. We propose a modification of such expression revealing that only two parameters are necessary to fit all the data: one is related with the geometry of the problem, and the other with the grains kinematics.

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