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Title: Normal stress effects in the gravity driven flow of granular materials

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Research Org.:
National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, and Morgantown, WV (United States). In-house Research
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0020-7462; PII: S0020746217300628
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Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics; Journal Volume: 92; Journal Issue: C
Country of Publication:
United States
Granular materials; Normal-stress effects; Maximum packing; Shear-thinning fluid; Second grade fluids; Continuum mechanics

Citation Formats

Wu, Wei-Tao, Aubry, Nadine, Antaki, James F., and Massoudi, Mehrdad. Normal stress effects in the gravity driven flow of granular materials. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/j.ijnonlinmec.2017.03.016.
Wu, Wei-Tao, Aubry, Nadine, Antaki, James F., & Massoudi, Mehrdad. Normal stress effects in the gravity driven flow of granular materials. United States. doi:10.1016/j.ijnonlinmec.2017.03.016.
Wu, Wei-Tao, Aubry, Nadine, Antaki, James F., and Massoudi, Mehrdad. 2017. "Normal stress effects in the gravity driven flow of granular materials". United States. doi:10.1016/j.ijnonlinmec.2017.03.016.
title = {Normal stress effects in the gravity driven flow of granular materials},
author = {Wu, Wei-Tao and Aubry, Nadine and Antaki, James F. and Massoudi, Mehrdad},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1016/j.ijnonlinmec.2017.03.016},
journal = {International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics},
number = C,
volume = 92,
place = {United States},
year = 2017,
month = 6
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