Convection in vibrated annular granular beds

RD Wildman, TW Martin, PE Krouskop, J Talbot, JM Huntley, David Parker

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The response to vibration of a granular bed, consisting of a standard cylindrical geometry but with the addition of a dissipative cylindrical inner wall, has been investigated both experimentally (using positron emission particle tracking) and numerically (using hard sphere molecular dynamics simulation). The packing fraction profiles and granular temperature distributions (in both vertical and horizontal directions) were determined as a function of height and distance from the axis. The two sets of results were in reasonable agreement. The molecular dynamics simulations were used to explore the behavior of the granular bed in the inner wall-outer wall coefficient of restitution phase space. It was observed that one could control the direction of the toroidal convection rolls by manipulating the relative dissipation at the inner and outer walls via the coefficients of restitution, and with several layers of grains it was seen that double convection rolls could also be formed, a result that was subsequently confirmed experimentally.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)06130
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review E (Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2005


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