Robert P. Behringer

James B. Duke Professor of Physics

Office Location: 
095 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
Box 90305, Durham, NC 27708-0305
Phone: 
(919) 660-2550

Overview

Dr. Behringer's research interests include granular materials: friction, earthquakes, jamming; nonlinear dynamics; and fluids: Rayleigh-Benard convection, the flow of thin liquid films, porous media flow, and quantum fluids. His studies focus particularly on experiments (with some theory/simulation) that yield new insights into the dynamics and complex behavior of these systems. His experiments involve a number of highly novel approaches, including the use of photoelasticity for probing granular systems, innovative experiments to characterize the stability of surface flows and properties of gels, and magnetic resonance imaging to study flows in porous media.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 1975

Support of an NSF-IFPRI Collaborative Summary Meeting awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2012

2011 Meeting of Dynamics Days awarded by Army Research Office (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2012

2011 Meeting of Dynamics Days awarded by Office of Naval Research (Principal Investigator). 2011

Multiscale Phenomena in the Solid-Liquid Transition State of a Granular Material awarded by Army Research Office (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2010

Statistical Properties of Dense Granular Materials: Force Transmission, Jamming and Fluctuations awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2009

Collaborative Research: SGER: Measuring Forces in Three-Dimensional Granular Materials awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2008

Gravity and Granular Materials awarded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Principal Investigator). 1996 to 2007

FRG-Collaborative Research: Physical, Mathematical, and Engineering Problems in Slow Granular Flow awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2007

FRG-Collaborative Research: New Challenges in the Dynamics of Thin Films and Fluid Interfaces awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2006

Support for US Participants to Attend Powders and Grains 2005 awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2006

Pages

Tordesillas, A, Tobin, ST, Cil, M, Alshibli, K, and Behringer, RP. "Network flow model of force transmission in unbonded and bonded granular media." Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics 91.6 (June 8, 2015): 062204-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Tordesillas, A, Tobin, ST, Cil, M, Alshibli, K, and Behringer, RP. "Network flow model of force transmission in unbonded and bonded granular media." Physical Review E 91.6 (June 2015). Full Text Open Access Copy

Clark, AH, Petersen, AJ, Kondic, L, and Behringer, RP. "Nonlinear force propagation during granular impact." Physical review letters 114.14 (April 10, 2015): 144502-. Full Text

Brodu, N, Dijksman, JA, and Behringer, RP. "Multiple-contact discrete-element model for simulating dense granular media." Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics 91.3 (March 2, 2015): 032201-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Walker, DM, Tordesillas, A, Brodu, N, Dijksman, JA, Behringer, RP, and Froyland, G. "Self-assembly in a near-frictionless granular material: conformational structures and transitions in uniaxial cyclic compression of hydrogel spheres." Soft matter 11.11 (March 2015): 2157-2173. Full Text

Brodu, N, Dijksman, JA, and Behringer, RP. "Multiple-contact discrete-element model for simulating dense granular media." Physical Review E 91.3 (March 2015). Full Text Open Access Copy

Walker, DM, Tordesillas, A, Zhang, J, Behringer, RP, Andò, E, Viggiani, G, Druckrey, A, and Alshibli, K. "Structural templates of disordered granular media." International Journal of Solids and Structures 54 (February 2015): 20-30. Full Text Open Access Copy

Uhl, JT, Pathak, S, Schorlemmer, D, Liu, X, Swindeman, R, Brinkman, BAW, LeBlanc, M, Tsekenis, G, Friedman, N, Behringer, R, Denisov, D, Schall, P, Gu, X, Wright, WJ, Hufnagel, T, Jennings, A, Greer, JR, Liaw, PK, Becker, T, Dresen, G, and Dahmen, KA. "Universal Quake Statistics: From Compressed Nanocrystals to Earthquakes." Scientific reports 5 (January 2015): 16493-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Brodu, N, Dijksman, JA, and Behringer, RP. "Spanning the scales of granular materials through microscopic force imaging." Nature communications 6 (January 2015): 6361-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Behringer, RP. "Jamming in granular materials." Comptes Rendus Physique 16.1 (January 2015): 10-25. Full Text

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