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

Utter, B, and Behringer, RP. "Multiscale motion in the shear band of granular couette flow." AIP Conference Proceedings 1145 (2009): 339-342. Full Text

Hartley, RR, Behringer, RP, Henkes, S, Bi, D, and Chakraborty, B. "Logarithmic strengthening of granular materials with shear rate." AIP Conference Proceedings 1145 (2009): 1089-1092. Full Text

Dutt, M, and Behringer, RP. "A particle-substrate numerical model for a quasi-2D driven dissipative granular gas." AIP Conference Proceedings 1145 (2009): 1112-1115. Full Text

Kondic, L, Fang, X, Dybenko, OM, and Behringer, RP. "Energy transport through dense granular matter." AIP Conference Proceedings 1145 (2009): 293-296. 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)

Krim, J, and Behringer, RP. "Friction, force chains, and falling fruit." Physics Today 62.9 (2009): 66-67. Full Text

Behringer, RP, Bi, D, Chakraborty, B, Henkes, S, and Hartley, RR. "Why do granular materials stiffen with shear rate? Test of novel stress-based statistics." Phys Rev Lett 101.26 (December 31, 2008): 268301-. Full Text

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