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Title: Clogging and transport of driven particles in asymmetric funnel arrays

In this paper, we numerically examine the flow and clogging of particles driven through asymmetric funnel arrays when the commensurability ratio of the number of particles per plaquette is varied. The particle-particle interactions are modeled with a soft repulsive potential that could represent vortex flow in type-II superconductors or driven charged colloids. The velocity-force curves for driving in the easy flow direction of the funnels exhibit a single depinning threshold; however, for driving in the hard flow direction, we find that there can be both negative mobility where the velocity decreases with increasing driving force as well as a reentrant pinning effect in which the particles flow at low drives but become pinned at intermediate drives. This reentrant pinning is associated with a transition from smooth one-dimensional flow at low drives to a clogged state at higher drives that occurs when the particles cluster in a small number of plaquettes and block the flow. When the drive is further increased, particle rearrangements occur that cause the clog to break apart. We map out the regimes in which the pinned, flowing, and clogged states appear as a function of plaquette filling and drive. Finally, the clogged states remain robust at finitemore » temperatures but develop intermittent bursts of flow in which a clog temporarily breaks apart but quickly reforms.« less
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1361-648X
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter (Online); Journal Volume: 30; Journal Issue: 24; Journal ID: ISSN 1361-648X
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; Material Science; clogging; channel flow; jamming
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