Swirling motion in a system of vibrated elongated particles

Igor S. Aranson, Dmitri Volfson, Lev S. Tsimring

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Large-scale collective motion emerging in a monolayer of vertically vibrated elongated particles is studied. The motion is characterized by recurring swirls, with the characteristic scale exceeding several times the size of an individual particle. Our experiments identified a small horizontal component of the oscillatory acceleration of the vibrating plate in combination with orientation-dependent bottom friction (with respect to horizontal acceleration) as a source for the swirl formation. We developed a continuum model operating with the velocity field and local alignment tensor, which is in qualitative agreement with the experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number051301
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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