Date of Award

12-1-2017

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Physics

First Advisor

Silbert, Leonardo

Abstract

An investigation into the intruder dynamics of dry dimensionless, frictionless discs in bidispersed, disordered systems is carried out using computer simulations. The velocity of an intruder particle driven under constant force is used as a tool to determine scaling of velocity as a function of packing pressure. Using these velocity for a range of pressures, $4 \times 10^{-7}\leq P \leq 4 \times 10^{-2}$. A universal scaling relation is proposed and plotted. The force required to cause the packing to yield to the driven intruder is determined and plotted as function of pressure. Power law exponents were extracted for the yielding force vs. the pressure. The extracted values were used to study the micro-rheology of the intruder particle. Grain scale characteristics are used to infer global elastic modulus properties.

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