Europhys. Lett.
Volume 47, Number 4, August 1999
Page(s) 515 - 521
Section Interdisciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology
Published online 01 September 2002
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i1999-00418-8

Europhys. Lett, 47 (4), pp. 515-521 (1999)

Mechanism for surface waves in vibrated granular material

J. Lee

Department of Physics, Seoul National University - Seoul 151-742, Korea
and Benjamin Levich Institute and Department of Physics
City College of the City University of New York - New York, NY 10031, USA

(received 20 July 1998; accepted in final form 28 June 1999)

PACS. 83.70Fn - Granular solids.
PACS. 47.20${\rm -k}$ - Hydrodynamic stability.
PACS. 45.05${\rm +x}$ - General theory of classical mechanics of discrete systems.


We use molecular-dynamics simulations to study the formation of surface waves in vertically vibrated granular material. We find that the horizontal movements of particles, which are essential for the formation of the waves, consist of two distinct processes. First, the movements sharply increase while the particles are colliding with a bottom plate, where the duration of the collisions is very short compared to the period of the vibration. Next, the movements gradually decrease between the collisions, during which the particles move through the material. We also find that the horizontal velocity field after the collisions is strongly correlated to the surface profile before the collisions.


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