Application to Few-Particle Systems
This chapter illustrates the concept of restitution via two examples of few-particle systems. It shows that the detailed mechanics of collisions is important to overall behaviour: even small systems consisting of only viscoelastic particles behave qualitatively different from equivalent systems when a constant coefficient of restitution is assumed. Thus, it can be expected that details of pairwise particle collisions determine the properties of a granular many-body system, that is, a granular gas, qualitatively too.
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