CompGran - understanding the movement of granules – improving industrial processes
Granular media are made up of small particles. The ESA Soft Matter Dynamics experiment (SoMaDy) will capture and describe the dynamics of granular material. As a national contribution, sample cells (CompGran) are manufactured on behalf of the DLR Space Administration for the Soft Matter Dynamics experiment. In this experiment, the dynamics of granules of various densities are examined. These dynamics are of great importance for industrial operations such as the processing of grain and plastic granules. As the granules fall to the bottom of their container very quickly on Earth, their dynamics can only be investigated under microgravity conditions.