Compaction of cereal grain

Jacek Kamil Wychowaniec, Irene Griffiths, Alan Gay, Adil Mughal

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We report on simple shaking experiments to measure the compaction of a column of Firth oat grain. Such grains are elongated anisotropic particles with a bimodal polydispersity. In these experiments, the particle configurations start from an initially disordered, low-packing-fraction state and under vertical shaking evolve to a dense state with evidence of nematic-like structure at the surface of the confining tube. This is accompanied by an increase in the packing fraction of the grain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4151-4158
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Issue number31-33
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • granular physics
  • compaction
  • agriculture


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