Segregation patterns of size-bidisperse particle mixtures in a fully three-dimensional flow produced by alternately rotating a spherical tumbler about two perpendicular axes are studied over a range of particle sizes and volume ratios using both experiments and a continuum model. Pattern formation results from the interaction of size segregation with chaotic regions and nonmixing islands of the flow. Specifically, large particles in the flowing surface layer are preferentially deposited in nonmixing islands despite the effects of collisional diffusion and chaotic transport. The protocol-dependent structure of the unstable manifolds of the flow surrounding the nonmixing islands provides further insight into why certain segregation patterns are more robust than others.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics