GRANULAR MEDIA: THREE SEMINAL IDEAS OF SIR SAM
This chapter discusses the statics and dynamics of granular media, emphasizing three linked insights of Sam Edwards. These are: the idea of ‘force propagation’ in models of rigid grains; the thermodynamic analogy for the statistics of jammed states; and the idea that granular assemblies arrest in a state of marginal coordination number, just enough to ensure mechanical stability.
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