Volume 78, Number 2, April 2007
Article Number 24002
Number of page(s) 6
Section Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics
Published online 03 April 2007
EPL, 78 (2007) 24002
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/78/24002

Aging to non-Newtonian hydrodynamics in a granular gas

A. Astillero1 and A. Santos2

1  Departamento de Informática I, Centro Universitario de Mérida, Universidad de Extremadura - E-06800 Mérida, Spain
2  Departamento de Física, Universidad de Extremadura - E-06071 Badajoz, Spain

received 14 December 2006; accepted in final form 7 March 2007; published April 2007
published online 3 April 2007

The evolution to the steady state of a granular gas subject to simple shear flow is analyzed by means of computer simulations. It is found that, regardless of its initial preparation, the system reaches (after a transient period lasting a few collisions per particle) a non-Newtonian (unsteady) hydrodynamic regime, even at strong dissipation and for states where the time scale associated with inelastic cooling is shorter than the one associated with the irreversible fluxes. Comparison with a simplified rheological model shows a good agreement.

45.70.Mg - Granular flow: mixing, segregation and stratification.
05.20.Dd - Kinetic theory.
47.50.-d - Non-Newtonian fluid flows.

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