Dynamics of electrostatically driven granular media: Effects of humidity

J. C. Howell, Igor S. Aronson, G. W. Crabtree

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Granular materials are investigated for their dynamics under the effect of humidity. Phase transitions in electrostatically driven conducting and dielectric particles are observed under the effect of the electric field. The gas phase precipitates to solid clusters with the decrease in external field. Humidity results in cluster coarsening of the conducting particles due to increased cohesion and dendritic clustering is observed at high humidity for the dielectric particles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number050301
Pages (from-to)503011-503014
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number5 I
StatePublished - May 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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