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Kinetic Theory of Granular Gases$
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Nikolai V. Brilliantov and Thorsten Pöschel

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198530381

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198530381.001.0001

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Application to Few-Particle Systems

Application to Few-Particle Systems

(p.36) 4 Application to Few-Particle Systems
Kinetic Theory of Granular Gases

Nikolai V. Brilliantov

Thorsten Pöschel

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   coefficient of restitution, granular gas, few-particle systems, viscoelastic particles, pairwise particle collisions

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