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

Introductory Physics: Integrative Approaches to Inquiry-Based Laboratories awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2000

(97-0184) Effects of Spatial Inhomogeneity on Nonlinear Pattern Forming Systems awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 1998

(96-0628) Experimental and Analytical Investigations of Flows in Porous Media awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1997

(96-0947) 3He-Superfluid-4He Mixtures: Convection, Anomalous Thermal Conductivity, and Boundary Resistance awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1997

(93-0422) Experimental and Analytical Investigation of Flows in Porous Media awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1996

(95-0607) Experimental and Analytical Investigations of Flows in Porous Media awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1996

(93-0469) Experimental and Analytical Investigations of Flows in Porous Media awarded by Department of Energy (Principal Investigator). 1990 to 1996

(94-0872) Experimental and Analytical Investigations of Flows in Porous Media awarded by Department of Energy (Principal Investigator). 1990 to 1996

(94-0163) 3He-Superfluid-4He Mixtures: Convection Anomalous Thermal Conductivity and Boundary Resistance awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1996

(96-0133) 3He-Superfluid-4He Mixtures: Convections Anomalous Thermal Conductivity and Boundary Resistance awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1996

Pages

Kondic, L, Fang, X, Losert, W, O'Hern, CS, and Behringer, RP. "Microstructure Evolution during an Impact on a Granular Matter." Phys, Rev, E 85.011305 (2012). (Academic Article)

Tordesillas, A, Walker, DM, Froyland, G, Zhang, J, and Behringer, RP. "Transition Dynamics of Frictional Granular Clusters." Phys, Rev, E 86 (2012): 011306-. (Academic Article)

Behringer, RP, Bi, D, Zhang, J, and Chakraborty, B. "Sheared Granular Materials near Jamming." Proceedings of the 8th European Solid Mechanics Society (2012). (Academic Article)

Zheng, H, Dijksman, JA, and Behringer, RP. "On the application of photoelasticity techniques in geotechnical engineering (Accepted)." Forum on Urban Geoenvironment and Sustainable Development (2012). (Academic Article)

Kondic, L, Goullet, A, O'Hern, CS, Kramar, M, Mischaikow, K, and Behringer, RP. "Topology of force networks in compressed granular media." EPL 97.5 (2012). Full Text

Farhadi, S, and Behringer, RP. "Anaomalous Dynamics for Sheared Granular Materials (In preparation)." Phys, Rev, Lett. (2012). (Academic Article)

Farhadi, S, and Behringer, RP. "Structural Stability in Cyclic Compression of Granular Materials (In preparation)." Europhys. Lett (2012). (Academic Article)

Kramer, M, Dijksman, J, Ren, J, Mischiakov, K, Kondic, L, and Behringer, RP. "Topology of Force Networks near Jamming (In preparation)." Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. (2012). (Academic Article)

Tordesillas, A, Walker, DM, Froyland, G, Zhang, J, and Behringer, RP. "Transition dynamics and magic-number-like behavior of frictional granular clusters." Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics 86.1 (2012). Full Text

Coulais, C, Behringer, RP, and Dauchot, O. "Dynamics of the contacts reveals Widom lines for jamming." EPL 100.4 (2012). Full Text

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