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

(94-0063) Conference Support: "Dynamics Days 1994" awarded by Office of Naval Research (Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1994

(94-0960) Cryogenic Helium Gas Convection Research awarded by Department of Energy (Principal Investigator). 1994

(93-0624) Order and Disorder in Dynamical Systems: Sand Flow and Superfluid Helium Mixtures awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1991 to 1994

(92-0228) Multidimensional Problems in Dynamic Plasticity awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1994

(90-0677) Order and Disorder in Dynamical Systems: Sand Flow and Superfluid Helium Mixtures awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1991 to 1994

(90-0186) Analytical & Environmental Studies of Instabilities in Buoyancy-Driven Convention in Porous Media awarded by Department of Energy (Co-Principal Investigator). 1990 to 1993

(90-0292) Analytical and Experimental Study of Instabilities in Buoyancy-driven Convection in Porous Media awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 1990 to 1993

(92-0050) CISE Research Instrumentation awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1993

(92-0733) Order and Disorder in Dynamical Systems: Sand Flow and Superfluid Helium Mixtures awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1991 to 1993

(90-0715) Visualization of Convection in 3HE-Superfluid-4He awarded by Department of Energy (Principal Investigator). 1988 to 1991

Pages

Kondic, L, Fang, X, Losert, W, O'Hern, CS, and Behringer, RP. "Microstructure evolution during impact on granular matter." Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics 85.1 (2012). Full Text

Bi, D, Zhang, J, Chakraborty, B, and Behringer, RP. "Jamming by shear. (Published online)" Nature 480.7377 (December 14, 2011): 355-358. Full Text

Tang, J, and Behringer, RP. "How granular materials jam in a hopper." Chaos 21.4 (December 2011): 041107-. Full Text

Ren, J, Dijksman, JA, and Behringer, RP. "Linear shear in a model granular system." Chaos 21.4 (December 2011): 041105-. Full Text

Mukhopadhyay, S, Murisic, N, Behringer, RP, and Kondic, L. "Evolution of droplets of perfectly wetting liquid under the influence of thermocapillary forces." Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys 83.4 Pt 2 (April 2011): 046302-. Full Text

Krim, J, Yu, P, and Behringer, RP. "Stick-Slip and the Transition to Steady Sliding in a 2D Granular Medium and a Fixed Particle Lattice." Pure and Applied Geophysics 168.12 (2011): 2259-2275. Full Text

Zhang, J, Oron, A, and Behringer, RP. "Novel pattern forming states for Marangoni convection in volatile binary liquids." Physics of Fluids 23.7 (2011). Full Text

Walker, DM, Tordesillas, A, Thornton, C, Behringer, RP, Zhang, J, and Peters, JF. "Percolating contact subnetworks on the edge of isostaticity." Granular Matter 13.3 (2011): 233-240. Full Text

Tordesillas, A, Lin, Q, Zhang, J, Behringer, RP, and Shi, J. "Stability of self-organized mesoscopic structures in dense granular materials." Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 59 (2011): 265-296. (Academic Article)

Tordesillas, A, Lin, Q, Zhang, J, Behringer, RP, and Shi, J. "Structural stability and jamming of self-organized cluster conformations in dense granular materials." Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 59.2 (2011): 265-296. Full Text

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