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Nathalie Vriend

Dr Nathalie Vriend

Research Fellow


University of Cambridge

Research summary

I investigate granular materials with a special interest in geophysical phenomena occurring in nature (dunes, avalanches) and engineering problems in industry (sound propagation, collective behavior). Recently, I have been fascinated by granular segregation: the physics is poorly understood, but behavior of particulate matter is significantly impacted. My Fellowship involves a multidisciplinary program to obtain a fundamental understanding of segregation through experiments and modelling. Next month I am off to Qatar to do more field experiments on the structure and migration of barchan sand dunes, using ground penetrating radar and local sand sampling.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Avalanching and Segregation of Granular Flows

Scheme: Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

Dates: Jan 2014 - Dec 2018

Value: £383,756.27