Discrete Particle Dynamics

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Granular materials involve a host of operations as part of the normal functioning of society. Example operations include the cultivation and shipping of huge volumes of construction materials (sand, gravel), agricultural and industrial processing of bulk goods (grains, nuts), and even the manipulation of soils upon which all buildings and infrastructure reside. Potentially vast improvements to society can be realized by gaining new insights into the behavior of granular materials, and corresponding gains in efficiency for said operations. The Computer Laboratory for Granular Physics Studies focuses on advancing the understanding of the fundamental nature of interactions between granular objects. Particular emphases are placed on characterizing the phenomenon of friction for granular soils and for modeling the introduction of structural objects into granular media across multiple scales. The laboratory aims to leverage such advances toward improving civil, industrial, and materials engineering processes.