Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 05/04/2004

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Tuesday, 05/04/2004
4:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Professor Arshad Kudrolli
Clark University
Department of Physics

"Self-Organization and Dynamics in Granular Materials"

ABSTRACT

We will discuss a series of experiments which display self-organization of granular materials exploiting size, shape anisotropy and surface interactions. Anisotropy driven vortex patterns are observed in granular rods. Magnetized particles are observed to self-assemble in to form chains, rings and other clusters depending on applied conditions. High speed-imaging and processing is extensively used to obtain quantitative measurements of these properties and develop models of granular flows.

BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Soft condensed matter physics, Nonlinear physics, Complex materials, Granular materials, Geomorphology, Population dynamics and patterns in biological systems, Biomechanics, Elasto-mechanics of plates, Crumpling, Quantum and acoustic chaos.