Comparison of kinetic theory and discrete element schemes for modelling granular Couette flows

  • Discrete element based simulations of granular flow in a 2d velocity space are compared with a particle code that solves kinetic granular flow equations in two and three dimensions. The binary collisions of the latter are governed by the same forces as for the discrete elements. Both methods are applied to a granular shear flow of equally sized discs and spheres. The two dimensional implementation of the kinetic approach shows excellent agreement with the results of the discrete element simulations. When changing to a three dimensional velocity space, the qualitative features of the flow are maintained. However, some flow properties change quantitatively.

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Author:Lars Popken, Paul W. Cleary
URN (permanent link):urn:nbn:de:hbz:386-kluedo-6048
Serie (Series number):Berichte der Arbeitsgruppe Technomathematik (AGTM Report) (198)
Document Type:Preprint
Language of publication:English
Year of Completion:1999
Year of Publication:1999
Publishing Institute:Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Tag:Kinetic theory ; discrete element method ; granular flow ; shear flow
This work has been submitted to Academic Press, Journal of Computational Physics for possible publication. Copyright may be transferred without notice, after which this version may no longer be accessible.
Faculties / Organisational entities:Fachbereich Mathematik
DDC-Cassification:510 Mathematik
MSC-Classification (mathematics):65C05 Monte Carlo methods
76F10 Shear flows
82B40 Kinetic theory of gases
82B80 Numerical methods (Monte Carlo, series resummation, etc.) [See also 65-XX, 81T80]

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