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Stick-Slip Bubbles

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Varying the rate of injection of air into a wet granular mixture contained in a Hele Shaw cell results in very different flow patterns. At low injection rates, stick-slip bubbles form. As the injection rate increases, patterns are affected by “temporal intermittency” where continuous motion is occasionally interrupted by jamming. Increasing the injection rate still further results in Saffman-Taylor-like fingering. #

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