Building sound foundations: A matter of granular dynamics

26 marzo 2015

Applying the hydrodynamics approach to granular matter helps explain its wide range of behavior, regardless of whether the material is solid- or fluid-like. Sand, rocks, grains, salt or sugar are what physicists call granular media. A better understanding of granular media is important – particularly when mixed with water and air, as it forms the foundations of houses and off-shore windmills.