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Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2007 Mar;75(3 Pt 1):031301. Epub 2007 Mar 2.

Radial and axial segregation of granular matter in a rotating cylinder: a simulation study.

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  • 1Physics Department, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan 52900, Israel.


The phenomena of radial and axial segregation in a horizontal rotating cylinder containing a mixture of granular particles of two different species have been modeled using discrete particle simulation. Space-time plots and detailed imagery provide a comprehensive description of what occurs in the system. As is the case experimentally, the nature of the segregation depends on the parameters defining the problem; the radial component of the segregation may be transient or long lasting, and the axial component may or may not develop. Simulations displaying the different kinds of behavior are described and the particle dynamics associated with the axially segregated state examined. The importance of an appropriate choice of interaction for representing the effective friction force is demonstrated.

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