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Sean Hutton

Studies of the Effects of Inter-particle Forces on the Properties of Granular Matter Using Iron Particles in a Magnetic Field

Abstract: A novel method of altering inter-particle force (F_ip) is used to examine the effect on the properties and behavior of granular materials as inter-particle force is altered. The method involves using iron particles in a magnetic field. Using this technique, the effect of altering inter-particle force on segregation, fluidization, pattern formation, packing and angle of repose is investigated. The results of these experiments may have important implications for the behavior of cohesive powders