Session W17: Jamming and the Glass Transition

2:30 PM–5:30 PM, Thursday, March 6, 2014
Room: 402

Chair: Kai Zhang, Yale University

Abstract ID: BAPS.2014.MAR.W17.8

Abstract: W17.00008 : Experimental measure of sphere packing probability in a Quasi-2D channel

3:54 PM–4:06 PM

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  Harry Charalambous
    (The City College of New York)

  Mark D. Shattuck
    (The City College of New York)

  Corey S. O'Hern
    (Yale University)

We designed an experiment to test exactly solvable models for packings of frictionless disks in confined geometry. We place a fixed number of monodisperse spheres (grains) of diameter (D=3.2mm) in a quasi 2d rectangular column 1.5D wide by 1D thick by 100D tall. In this arrangement only two possible configurations are allowed for a pair of grains; either consecutive grains are on opposite sides of the column or they are on the same side. We used an electromagnetic shaker to create random states by tossing a range from 4 to 26 grains in the air. After each toss, a vibration (perturbation) was applied to remove frictional effects. We measure the probability of finding each possible state and compare with theory. We find that gravity affects the probability distribution and needs to be incorporated into a new theory.

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