We show that, when a mixture of small and large grains is simply poured in a ‘granular Hele—Shaw cell’ (two transparent slabs separated by a gap of about 5 mm), the grains spontaneously stratify in alternating layers of small and large grains parallel to the surface of the pile. The spontaneous self-stratification occurs only when the large grains have a larger angle of repose than the small grains do. Conversely, we obtain only spontaneous self-segregation, that is the large grains are found preferentially near the bottom of the cell while the small grains are found near the top, when the large grains have a smaller angle of repose than the small grains. The observed stratification might be of relevance to explain similar stratified patterns observed in Aeolian rocks.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Philosophical Magazine B: Physics of Condensed Matter; Statistical Mechanics, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties|
|State||Published - May 1998|