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See detailHow dynamical clustering triggers Maxwell's demon in microgravity
Opsomer, Eric ULg; Noirhomme, Martial ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg et al

in Physical Review. E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (2013), 88

In microgravity, the gathering of granular material can be achieved by a dynamical clustering whose existence depends on the geometry of the cell that contains the particles and the energy that is ... [more ▼]

In microgravity, the gathering of granular material can be achieved by a dynamical clustering whose existence depends on the geometry of the cell that contains the particles and the energy that is injected into the system. By compartmentalizing the cell in several subcells of smaller volume, local clustering is triggered and the so formed dense regions act as stable traps. In this paper, molecular dynamics simulations were performed in order to reproduce the phenomenon and to analyze the formation and the stability of such traps. Depending on the total number N of particles present in the whole system, several clustering modes are encountered and a corresponding bifurcation diagram is presented. Moreover, an iterative model based on the measured particle flux F as well as a theoretical model giving the asymptotical steady states are used to validate our results. The obtained results are promising and can provide ways to manipulate grains in microgravity. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamical clustering in driven granular gas
Opsomer, Eric ULg; Ludewig, François ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg

in Europhysics Letters [=EPL] (2012), 99

Driven granular gases present rich dynamical behaviors. Due to inelastic collisions, particles may form dense and slow regions. These clusters emerge naturally during a cooling phenomenon but another ... [more ▼]

Driven granular gases present rich dynamical behaviors. Due to inelastic collisions, particles may form dense and slow regions. These clusters emerge naturally during a cooling phenomenon but another dynamical clustering is observed when the system is continuously excited. In this paper, the physical processes that trigger the transition from a granular gas to a dynamical cluster are evidenced through numerical simulations. At the granular scale, the transition is evidenced by the observation of caging effects. At the scale of the system, the transition is emphasized by density fluctuations. Physical arguments, based on relaxation times, provide an analytical prediction for the edge between dynamical regimes. [less ▲]

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See detailPhase transitions in vibrated granular systems in microgravity
Opsomer, Eric ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Ludewig, François ULg

in Physical Review. E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (2011)

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