J. Phys. II France
Volume 3, Numéro 1, January 1993
Page(s) 27 - 40
DOI: 10.1051/jp2:1993109
J. Phys. II France 3 (1993) 27-40

Granular material flowing down an inclined chute: a molecular dynamics simulation

Thorsten Pöschel

HLRZ, KFA Jülich, Postfach 1913, D-5170 Jülich, Germany

(Received 27 July 1992, accepted in final form 30 September 1992)

Two-dimensional Molecular Dynamics simulations are used to model the free surface flow of spheres falling down an inclined chute. The interaction between the particles in our model is assumed to be subjected to the Hertzian contact force and normal as well as shear friction. The stream of particles shows a characteristic height profile, consisting of layers of different types of fluidization. The numerically observed flow properties agree qualitatively with experimental results.

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