Stick-slip dynamics of a granular layer under shear

Dmitri Volfson, Lev S. Tsimring, Igor S. Aranson

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The continuum theory of partially fluidized flows was applied to the quantitative description of granular friction. A discontinuous transition from the stock slip to the stationary motion was found. The friction force-plate velocity phase loop characterizing skip events was reproduced. the structure of the granular flow underneath the plate during slip was also described. The theory was compared with two-dimensional soft particle molecular dynamics simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number031302
Pages (from-to)031302-1-031302-4
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number3 1
StatePublished - Mar 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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