Intermittent and Continuous Flows in Granular Piles: Effects of Controlling the Feeding Height
Using a specially designed experimental set up, we have studied the so-called continuous to intermittent flow transition in sand piles confined in a Hele-Shaw cell where the deposition height of the sand can be controlled. Through systematic measurements varying the height and the input flow, we have established, for the first time, how the size of the pile at which the transition takes place depends on the two parameters studied. The results obtained allows to explain, at least semi-quantitatively, the observations commonly reported in the literature, carried out in experiments where the deposition height is not controlled.
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