Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 321–349 | Cite as

Solutions of the kinetic theory for bounded collisional granular flows

Review article


We consider collisional granular flows of nearly elastic spheres featuring a single constituent or binary mixtures in various bounded geometries. We review the equations of the kinetic theory for the conservation of mass, momentum, fluctuation energy and species concentration. We illustrate their solutions for shear flows in rectilinear or axisymmetric rectangular channels with or without a body force. We show that proper boundary conditions yield numerical solutions in good agreement with molecular dynamical simulations and with data from physical experiments carried out in microgravity.


granular flows collisional interactions kinetic theory microgravity segregation 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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