Rectification effect on solitary waves in the symmetric Y-shaped granular chain

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The rectification effect on the propagation of solitary waves in the symmetric Y-shaped granular chain is numerically investigated. A heterojunction with mass mismatch occurs at the position of Y-junction by adjusting the branch angle. And the heavy-light heterojunction is more favorable for the solitary wave passing. Based on the characteristics of wave propagation velocity and gap’s opening, we argue that both nonlinearity and collision effects dominate the rectification process. The rectification efficiency can be improved by adjusting the branch angle and the direction of incident solitary wave. The results have particularly practical significance for the potential design of acoustic diode devices.

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This work is financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11574153, 21574066, 11574150, 11334005, 11572178, 91634202) and Jiangsu Province Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Grant No. 1402007C).

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Liu, X., Jiao, T., Ma, L. et al. Rectification effect on solitary waves in the symmetric Y-shaped granular chain. Granular Matter 19, 55 (2017).

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  • Granular materials
  • Acoustic diode
  • Solitary wave
  • Discrete element method