Closure Relations for Shallow Granular Flows from Particle Simulations


Weinhart, T. and Thornton, A.R. and Luding, S. and Bokhove, O. (2012) Closure Relations for Shallow Granular Flows from Particle Simulations. Granular matter, 14 (4). 531 - 552. ISSN 1434-5021

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Abstract:The discrete particle method (DPM) is used to model granular flows down an inclined chute with varying basal roughness, thickness and inclination. We observe three major regimes: arresting flows, steady uniform flows and accelerating flows. For flows over a smooth base, other (quasi-steady) regimes are observed: for small inclinations the flow can be highly energetic and strongly layered in depth; whereas, for large inclinations it can be non-uniform and oscillating. For steady uniform flows, depth profiles of density, velocity and stress are obtained using an improved coarse-graining method, which provides accurate statistics even at the base of the flow. A shallow-layer model for granular flows is completed with macro-scale closure relations obtained from micro-scale DPM simulations of steady flows. We obtain functional relations for effective basal friction, velocity shape factor, mean density, and the normal stress anisotropy as functions of layer thickness, flow velocity and basal roughness.
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