The Angle of Repose for Dry Rice

LAD (Lego Aided Design)

I did an experiment.

I want to build a path for the cattle feed for Hungry Cattle. I wanted to know the minimum angle the rice path should have (from horizontal) so that the rice would flow reliably.

I set up the experiment shown above. To start with the inclined plane (which is a 3D printed wolf in PLA) was level. I placed some rice on the end, then raised it until all of the rice slid to the bottom. I measured the amount I raised the plane then calculated the angle with some trig. I repeated the experiment a few times and took the worst case.

I measured 30 degrees from the horizontal. So my design will use 35 degrees.

Wikipedia tells me that this angle is called the angle of repose.

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