Topical Issue on Dygram 2006
Phenomenology and theory of horizontally oscillated granular mixtures
Universitá di Napoli Federico II, INFN, Via Cintia, 80129, Napoli, Italy
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Published online: 21 February 2007
We overview the physics of a granular mixture subject to horizontal oscillations, recently investigated via experiments and molecular dynamics simulations. First we discuss the rich phenomenology exhibited by this system, which encompasses both segregation and dynamical instabilities. Then we show that the phenomenology can be explained via an effective interaction approach, by which the driven, non-thermal, granular mixture in mapped into a monodispersed thermal system of particles interacting via an effective potential. After determining the effective interaction we discuss its microscopic origin and investigate how it induces the observed phenomenology. Finally, as much as in thermal fluids, from the effective interaction we derive a Cahn-Hilliard dynamics equation, which appears to capture the essential characteristics of the dynamics of the granular mixture.
PACS: 45.70.-n Granular systems – / 64.75.+g Solubility, segregation, and mixing; phase separation –
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