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

(89-0657) Visualization of Convection in 3He-Superfluid-4He Mixtures awarded by Department of Energy (Principal Investigator). 1988 to 1991

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

(90-0275) Convection and Critical Dynamics in Helium Three SuperFluid Helium Four Mixtures awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1987 to 1991

(87-0281) Convection and Critical Dynamics in 3He-Superfluid4-He Mixtures awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1987 to 1990

(89-0293) Convection and Critical Dynamics in Helium Three Superfluid Helium Four Mixtures awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1987 to 1990

(88-0230) An Experiment on Critical Transport Properties for the Space Shuttle awarded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Co-Principal Investigator). 1988 to 1989

(86-0025) Rayleigh-Benard Convection's Viscosity in Liquid Helium awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1986 to 1987

Pages

Wambaugh, JF, Hartley, RR, and Behringer, RP. "Force networks and elasticity in granular silos." Eur Phys J E Soft Matter 32.2 (June 2010): 135-145. Full Text

Zhang, J, Majmudar, TS, Tordesillas, A, and Behringer, RP. "Statistical properties of a 2D granular material subjected to cyclic shear." Granular Matter 12.2 (2010): 159-172. Full Text

Zhang, J, Majmudar, TS, Sperl, M, and Behringer, RP. "Jamming for a 2D granular material." Soft Matter 6.13 (2010): 2982-2991. Full Text Open Access Copy

Zhang, J, Behringer, RP, and Goldhirsch, I. "Coarse-graining of a physical granular system." Progress of Theoretical Physics Supplement 184 (2010): 16-30.

Zhang, J, Behringer, RP, and Goldhirsch, I. "Coarse-Graining of a Physical Granular System." Progress of Theoretical Physics SUPPL. 184 (2010): 16-30.

Mukhopadhyay, S, and Behringer, RP. "Wetting dynamics of thin liquid films and drops under Marangoni and centrifugal forces." J Phys Condens Matter 21.46 (November 18, 2009): 464123-. Full Text

Tang, J, Sagdiphour, S, and Behringer, RP. "Jamming and flow in 2D hoppers." AIP Conference Proceedings 1145 (2009): 515-518. Full Text

Tordesillas, A, Zhang, J, and Behringer, R. "Buckling force chains in dense granular assemblies: Physical and numerical experiments." Geomechanics and Geoengineering 4.1 (2009): 3-16. Full Text

Sanfratello, L, Fukushima, E, and Behringer, RP. "Using MR elastography to image the 3D force chain structure of a quasi-static granular assembly." Granular Matter 11.1 (2009): 1-6. Full Text

Kondic, L, Dybenko, OM, and Behringer, RP. "Signal Propagation Through Dense Granular SystemsProbing dense granular materials by space-time dependent perturbations." Phys. Rev. E 79 (2009): 041304-. (Academic Article)

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