Title: Homogeneous states in driven granular mixtures: Enskog kinetic theory versus molecular dynamics simulations

The homogeneous state of a binary mixture of smooth inelastic hard disks or spheres is analyzed. The mixture is driven by a thermostat composed by two terms: a stochastic force and a drag force proportional to the particle velocity. The combined action of both forces attempts to model the interaction of the mixture with a bath or surrounding fluid. The problem is studied by means of two independent and complementary routes. First, the Enskog kinetic equation with a Fokker-Planck term describing interactions of particles with thermostat is derived. Then, a scaling solution to the Enskog kinetic equation is proposed where the dependence of the scaled distributions φ{sub i} of each species on the granular temperature occurs not only through the dimensionless velocity c = v/v{sub 0} (v{sub 0} being the thermal velocity) but also through the dimensionless driving force parameters. Approximate forms for φ{sub i} are constructed by considering the leading order in a Sonine polynomial expansion. The ratio of kinetic temperatures T{sub 1}/T{sub 2} and the fourth-degree velocity moments λ{sub 1} and λ{sub 2} (which measure non-Gaussian properties of φ{sub 1} and φ{sub 2}, respectively) are explicitly determined as a function of the mass ratio, size ratio, composition, density,more » and coefficients of restitution. Second, to assess the reliability of the theoretical results, molecular dynamics simulations of a binary granular mixture of spheres are performed for two values of the coefficient of restitution (α = 0.9 and 0.8) and three different solid volume fractions (ϕ = 0.00785, 0.1, and 0.2). Comparison between kinetic theory and computer simulations for the temperature ratio shows excellent agreement, even for moderate densities and strong dissipation. In the case of the cumulants λ{sub 1} and λ{sub 2}, good agreement is found for the lower densities although significant discrepancies between theory and simulation are observed with increasing density.« less

Departamento de Física, Universidad de Extremadura, E-06071 Badajoz (Spain)

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22253088

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Journal Article

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Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 140; Journal Issue: 16; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)