Volume 77, Number 2, January 2007
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Section||Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics|
|Published online||22 January 2007|
Solitary wave train formation in Hertzian chains
Department of Physics, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260-1500, USA
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 17 November 2006
Experiments show that perturbation by an incident striker can generate solitary wave trains in unloaded, monodispersed elastic sphere alignments (Lazaridi A. N. and Nesterenko V. F., Prikl. Mekh. Tekh. Fiz., 3 (1985) 115). We report the first dynamical studies in the elastic regime that confirm and extend upon the results obtained in existing experiments and define the conditions for which controlled generation of solitary wave trains may be possible.
PACS: 46.40.Cd – Mechanical wave propagation (including diffraction, scattering, and dispersion) / 43.25.+y – Nonlinear acoustics / 45.70.-n – Granular systems
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