EPJE Colloquium - Electrification of wind-blown sand


A new Colloquium in EPJE by Xiao-Jing Zheng introduces and reviews the fundamental laws of the electrification of wind-blown sand and their influence, and highlights the challenges in this field.

The electrification of wind-blown sand is a typical complex system characterised by nonlinearity, randomness, multi-field coupling between thermal diffusion, E-fields and sand movements, as well as trans-scale processes with multi-phase media. Owing to the complex mechanism and the influence of the electrification of wind-blown sand [19], a number of issues remain poorly understood. These include: (1) why sand particles get charged during wind-blown sand movements; (2) how many electric charges a sand particle acquires; (3) why the electric polarity of sand particles is related to the particles’ size; (4) what the change law of wind-blown sand E-fields is, and (5) how to predict the intensity and influence of wind-blown sand E-fields.

Electrification of wind-blown sand: Recent advances and key issues. Xiao-Jing Zheng (2013), European Physical Journal E 36: 138, DOI 10.1140/epje/i2013-13138-4

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Abdallah Lyoussi, CEA Cadarache, France
Editor EPJ Web of Conferences vol.170 (2018)

ISSN: 2100-014X (Electronic Edition)

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