Mini-symposium title
3-9 - The Physics of Dense Granular Media
Robert Behringer (Duke University), Lou Kondic (New Jersey Institute of Technology), Corey O'Hern (Yale University)
Mini-symposium description

Dense granular media are of widespread importance in a number of applications involving both static and evolving granular matter.  Understanding the response of granular-based systems in applications requires detailed understand of the connection of basic building blocks and their interactions to the macroscale properties of the systems considered.   Developing such connections requires better understanding of the relevant physical mechanisms on the scales that range from micro, to meso and macro   While a significant progress has been reached during last decades on understanding relevant physical mechanisms, there is still much to be learned about these systems,  starting from the physics of particle interactions, to mathematical properties of the models describing mesoscale properties of granular systems, and general features of multiscale models that will bridge the different spatial and temporal scales of interest. 

We envision a minisymposium bringing together a focused group of researchers that will discuss all aspects of the physics of dense granular matter, including but not limited to new experiments considering both dry and wet granular-based systems and suspensions, discrete element/molecular dynamics simulations, as well as new continuum and mesoscopic models. 

NOTE: This MS could be setup as a PART 1 of a granular MS, with the PART 2 consisting of MS 3 - 5.   In any case, please avoid scheduling overlap of 3-10 and 3-5.