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See detailEnergetic approach for the characterization of taps in granular compaction
Ludewig, François ULg; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg; Gilet, Tristan ULg et al

in Europhysics Letters [=EPL] (2008), 84(4),

We report numerical investigations for the compaction dynamics of dense granular assemblies. The studies are based on the non-smooth contact dynamics model. Our work suggests that the dimensionless ... [more ▼]

We report numerical investigations for the compaction dynamics of dense granular assemblies. The studies are based on the non-smooth contact dynamics model. Our work suggests that the dimensionless acceleration parameter Gamma, used by a large majortiy of authors, is not appropriate for rescaling the data. We prove that the dimensionless energy Xi, injected in the granular system at lift-off, is more appropriate and leads to robust interpretations of the compaction dynamics. Indeed, the injected energy allows to pass energy barriers that separate local equilibrium states. Using the Eyring picture of relaxation dynamic, we show that the consideration of Xi leads to a new law for compaction. [less ▲]

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See detailA drop of spectroscopy
Terwagne, Denis ULg; Gilet, Tristan; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg et al

in Physicalia Magazine (2008), 30(3), 161-168

When a low viscosity oil droplet is laid onto the surface ofa high viscosity oil liquid, it stays at rest for a moment before coalescence. The coalescence can be delayed and sometimes inlibited by ... [more ▼]

When a low viscosity oil droplet is laid onto the surface ofa high viscosity oil liquid, it stays at rest for a moment before coalescence. The coalescence can be delayed and sometimes inlibited by injecting fresh air under the droplet. This can happen when the surface ofthe bath oscillates vertically. In this case the droplet basically bounces on the interface. We obsewe that the conditions for bouncing depends on the frequency, more precisely we observe resonance when the eigenfrequency of the droplet is excited. In some conditions, a droplet presents a non axi- symmetric mode of deformation. That leads to a rotation of the droplet and to a horizontal displacement. [less ▲]

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See detailAdvantages and limits of a video multitracking system for quantification of individual behavior in a large fish shoal
Delcourt, Johann ULg; Becco, Christophe ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg et al

in Spink, A.; Ballintijn, M. R.; Bogers, N. D. (Eds.) et al Proceedings of Measuring Behavior 2008 (2008)

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See detailTunable random packings
Lumay, Geoffroy ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg

in New Journal of Physics (2007), 9

We present an experimental protocol that allows one to tune the packing fraction eta of a random pile of ferromagnetic spheres from a value close to the lower limit of random loose packing eta(RLP ... [more ▼]

We present an experimental protocol that allows one to tune the packing fraction eta of a random pile of ferromagnetic spheres from a value close to the lower limit of random loose packing eta(RLP) similar or equal to 0.56 to the upper limit of random close packing eta(RCP) similar or equal to 0.64. This broad range of packing fraction values is obtained under normal gravity in air, by adjusting a magnetic cohesion between the grains during the formation of the pile. Attractive and repulsive magnetic interactions are found to affect stongly the internal structure and the stability of sphere packing. After the formation of the pile, the induced cohesion is decreased continuously along a linear decreasing ramp. The controlled collapse of the pile is found to generate various and reproducible values of the random packing fraction eta. [less ▲]

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See detailLifetime of a Bouncing Droplet
Terwagne, Denis ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg

in Physical Review E (2007), 76(5, Pt 2), 56311

When a droplet is gently laid onto the surface of the same liquid, it stays at rest for a moment before coalescence. The coalescence can be delayed and sometimes inhibited by injecting fresh air under the ... [more ▼]

When a droplet is gently laid onto the surface of the same liquid, it stays at rest for a moment before coalescence. The coalescence can be delayed and sometimes inhibited by injecting fresh air under the droplet. This can happen when the surface of the bath oscillates vertically. In this case the droplet basically bounces on the interface. The lifetime of the droplet has been studied with respect to the amplitude and the frequency of the excitation. The lifetime decreases when the acceleration increases. The thickness of the air film between the droplet and the bath has been investigated using interference fringes obtained when the system is illuminated by low-pressure sodium lamps. Moreover, both the shape evolution and the motion of the droplet center of mass have been recorded in order to evidence the phase offset between the deformation and the trajectory. A short lifetime is correlated to a small air-film thickness and to a large phase offset between the maximum of deformation and the minimum of the vertical position of the center of mass. [less ▲]

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See detailThe lifetime of bouncing droplets
Terwagne, Denis ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg

Conference (2007, October)

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See detailControlling the partial coalescence of a droplet on a vertically vibrated bath
Gilet, Tristan ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg

in Physical Review E (2007), 76(3, Pt 2), 35302

A method is proposed to stop the cascade of partial coalescences of a droplet laid on a liquid bath. The strategy consists of vibrating the bath in the vertical direction in order to keep small droplets ... [more ▼]

A method is proposed to stop the cascade of partial coalescences of a droplet laid on a liquid bath. The strategy consists of vibrating the bath in the vertical direction in order to keep small droplets bouncing. Since large droplets are not able to bounce, they partially coalesce until they reach a critical size. The system behaves as a low pass filter: droplets smaller than the critical size are selected. This size has been investigated as a function of the acceleration and the frequency of the bath vibration. Results suggest that the limit size for bouncing is related to the first mode of the droplet deformation. [less ▲]

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See detailFoamability and structure analysis of foams in Hele-Shaw cell
Caps, Hervé ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Broze, Guy ULg et al

in Applied Physics Letters (2007), 90(21),

The authors have generated two-dimensional foams by imposing an intermittent drainage in a Hele-Shaw cell partially filled with a detergent/water mixture. The foam generation associated with this process ... [more ▼]

The authors have generated two-dimensional foams by imposing an intermittent drainage in a Hele-Shaw cell partially filled with a detergent/water mixture. The foam generation associated with this process is reproducible and depends on the surfactant molecules composing the solution. A kinetic model can be proposed for the foam evolution. The structure of the foam is also investigated: the average bubble side number and correlation functions are measured. Distinguishable behaviors are observed for different surfactant molecules. This way of producing a foam is thus adequate for applied foam structure characterizations and fundamental studies. (c) 2007 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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See detailCritical parameters for the partial coalescence of a droplet
Gilet, Tristan ULg; Mulleners, Karen; Lecomte, Jean-Paul et al

in Physical Review E (2007), 75(3, Pt 2), 36303

The partial coalescence of a droplet onto a planar liquid-liquid interface is investigated experimentally by tuning the viscosities of both liquids. The problem mainly depends on four dimensionless ... [more ▼]

The partial coalescence of a droplet onto a planar liquid-liquid interface is investigated experimentally by tuning the viscosities of both liquids. The problem mainly depends on four dimensionless parameters: The Bond number (gravity vs surface tension), the Ohnesorge numbers (viscosity in both fluids vs surface tension), and the density relative difference. The ratio between the daughter droplet size and the mother droplet size is investigated as a function of these dimensionless numbers. Global quantities such as the available surface energy of the droplet have been measured during the coalescence. The capillary waves propagation and damping are studied in detail. The relation between these waves and the partial coalescence is discussed. Additional viscous mechanisms are proposed in order to explain the asymmetric role played by both viscosities. [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of deformation in the bouncing droplet problem
Terwagne, Denis ULg; Gilet, Tristan ULg; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg et al

Poster (2007, March)

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See detailThe influence of grain shape, friction and cohesion on granular compaction dynamics
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Lumay, Geoffroy ULg; Gerasimov, O. et al

in European Physical Journal E -- Soft Matter (2007), 22(3), 241-248

This article is a review of our recent and new experimental works on granular compaction. The effects of various microscopic parameters on the compaction dynamics are addressed, in particular the ... [more ▼]

This article is a review of our recent and new experimental works on granular compaction. The effects of various microscopic parameters on the compaction dynamics are addressed, in particular the influence of the grain shape, the friction and the cohesion between the grains. Two dimensional and three dimensional systems are analysed. And the role of dimensionality will be emphasized. Theoretical and numerical investigations provide additional informations about that phenomenon. Indeed numerical models permit us to study the influence of some parameters not easily accessible experimentally. Our results show that the above mentioned parameters have a deep impact on the compaction dynamics. Anisotropic grains lead to two different compaction regimes separated by a "burst" of the packing fraction. Friction is observed to modify how the grains are arranged in the pile. This is confirmed by numerical simulations. Cohesive forces between particles inhibit compaction and lead to extremely low values of the packing fraction. [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of deformation in the bouncing droplet problem
Terwagne, Denis ULg; Gilet, Tristan ULg; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg et al

Poster (2007, February)

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See detailEffects of electromagnetic waves on the electrical properties of contacts between grains
Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg; Merlen, A.; Creyssels, M. et al

in Europhysics Letters [=EPL] (2007), 79(5),

A DC electrical current is injected through a chain of metallic beads. The electrical resistance of each bead- bead contacts is measured. At low current, the distribution of these resistances is large and ... [more ▼]

A DC electrical current is injected through a chain of metallic beads. The electrical resistance of each bead- bead contacts is measured. At low current, the distribution of these resistances is large and log- normal. At high enough current, the resistance distribution becomes sharp and Gaussian due to the creation of microweldings between some beads. The action of nearby electromagnetic waves ( sparks) on the electrical conductivity of the chain is also studied. The spark effect is to lower the resistance values of the more resistive contacts, the best conductive ones remaining unaffected by the spark production. The spark is able to induce through the chain a current enough to create microweldings between some beads. This explains why the electrical resistance of a granular medium is so sensitive to the electromagnetic waves produced in its vicinity. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of SDS, DTAB and CTAB micelle microviscosities by electron spin resonance
Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg; Hoebeke, Maryse ULg; Grammenos, Angeliki ULg et al

in Colloids and Surfaces A : Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects (2006), 290(1-3), 206-212

Electron spin resonance spectroscopy (ESR) of the nitroxide labelled fatty acid probes (5-, 16-doxyl stearic acid) was used to monitor the micelle microviscosity of three surfactants at various ... [more ▼]

Electron spin resonance spectroscopy (ESR) of the nitroxide labelled fatty acid probes (5-, 16-doxyl stearic acid) was used to monitor the micelle microviscosity of three surfactants at various concentrations in aqueous solution: sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS), dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB) and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). At low surfactant concentration, there is no micelle, the ESR probe is dissolved in water/surfactant homogeneous phase and gives his microviscosity. At higher surfactant concentration, an abrupt increase in microviscosity indicates the apparition of micelles and, the solubilization of the probes in micelles. The microviscosity of the three surfactants, in a large surfactant range, was obtained as well as the critical micelle concentration (CMC). The microviscosity increased slightly with the increase in surfactant concentration. Phosphate buffer lowered the CMC value and generally increased the microviscosity. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPrecursors to avalanches in a granular monolayer
Scheller, T.; Huss, C.; Lumay, Geoffroy ULg et al

in Physical Review E (2006), 74(3, Pt 1), 31311

We investigate the stability of a granular monolayer composed of spherical grains on an inclined plate. When the tilt angle alpha increases, some reorganizations are observed throughout the pile. The ... [more ▼]

We investigate the stability of a granular monolayer composed of spherical grains on an inclined plate. When the tilt angle alpha increases, some reorganizations are observed throughout the pile. The packing fraction rho of the packing evolves by successive jumps. Those discontinuous events precede the collapse of the pile at a critical angle alphac. The occurrence of precursors before avalanches is modeled by stop-and-go motions of blocks due to the competition between sliding friction and the Janssen effect [J. Durand, (Springer-Verlag, New York, 2000)]. [less ▲]

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