Introduction

Authored by: Scott V. Franklin , Mark D. Shattuck

Handbook of Granular Materials

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466509962
eBook ISBN: 9781466509979
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b19291-2

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Abstract

This introduction discusses historical topics of personal interest. The topics chosen are not in any way comprehensive, nor motivated by anything other than models, theories, and experiments that I found particularly enlightening. The reader is enthusiastically referred to the many existing articles and books that also give introductions to granular materials, particularly in areas with which I am less familiar (e.g., engineering, for which readers are referred to the extensive literature, e.g., [15,25]). The personal retrospective gives an emphasis to simple statistical explanations, an aesthetic property that has proven exceptionally useful for my own study of granular materials. The section concludes with a review of my personal area of research: geometrically cohesive materials.

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