Clustering kinetics of granular media in three dimensions

Shiyi Chen, Yuefan Deng, Xiaobo Nie, Yuhai Tu

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Three-dimensional molecular dynamics simulations of dissipative particles (~ 106) are carried out for studying the clustering kinetics of granular media during cooling. The inter-connected high particle density regions are identified, showing tube-like structures. The energy decay rates as functions of the particle density and the restitution coefficient are obtained. It is found that the probability density function of the particle density obeys an exponential distribution at late stages. Both the fluctuation of density and the mean cluster size of the particle density have power law relations against time during the inelastic coalescing process. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-223
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 8 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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