Underwater avalanches go with the flow

Underwater avalanches go with the flow

Lubricating fluid changes how grains collapse

By Alexandra Witze, 11:53 AM November 15, 2012

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Snowboarders and marine engineers both worry about avalanches, but the latter may have a tougher job when working underwater. They have to understand not only what makes a cliffside collapse, but also how fluid between sand grains affects the flow.

Physicists have now simulated how that process happens. A team led by Farhang Radjai of the University of Montpellier in France developed calculations for how particles flow when they collapse from a tall stack. Different simulat...

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