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Jun 17 – 18, 2024
Europe/Paris timezone
Journées Écoulements & Fluides - Saclay

Drag reduction in the side-by-side motion of intruders in a granular medium

Jun 17, 2024, 9:50 AM
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Baptiste Darbois Texier (Laboratoire FAST, CNRS, Université Paris-Saclay)


Various practical situations involve the movement of several objects in a granular medium, such as animal locomotion or civil engineering applications. In this work, we study the interaction between objects and measure the drag experienced by a pair of spherical intruders moving side-by-side into grains at constant depth and constant velocity. We quantify the influence of the separation distance between the spheres and their depth below the granular surface. When the intruders are far apart, they do not interact and the average drag felt by each of them corresponds to that of a single intruder. However, for a small separation between the intruders, the mean drag is reduced, confirming the existence of a cooperative effect that facilitates motion. In addition, the relative drag reduction is observed to increase with burial depth. We propose a model for the drag reduction of a pair of intruders based on the breakup of contact chains caused by the shear generated by the neighbouring intruder. These results provide new insights into the interaction between solid objects that move together in grains, as in the case of animal locomotion in sand or the growth of plant roots in soil.

Primary authors

Antoine Seguin Baptiste Darbois Texier (Laboratoire FAST, CNRS, Université Paris-Saclay) Mr Douglas De Carvalho (Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)) Mr Erick Franklin (Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)) Mr Yann Bertho (FAST, Université Paris-Saclay)

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