A Closer Look At The Properties Of Sand
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Dr. Luke Fullard is a Lecturer in Mathematics and Computational Geodynamics at Massey University. He has expertise in Applied Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Classical Physics, and Engineering. His research focuses on Fluid dynamics. granular flow, and non-Newtonian flow.


A Closer Look At The Properties Of Sand

When we fill a bucket up with sand, flip it upside down, and remove the bucket to make a sand castle, we usually don’t think much about the properties of the sand itself. But granular materials like sand continue to fascinate physicists, engineers, mathematicians, and other scientists with their complex and often strange behavior. If you drop your phone onto the surface of the sand in a bucket, your phone simply sits on top of the sand (it doesn’t sink...

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