J. Phys. I France
Volume 5, Numéro 11, November 1995
Page(s) 1431 - 1455
DOI: 10.1051/jp1:1995208
J. Phys. I France 5 (1995) 1431-1455

Molecular Dynamics of Arbitrarily Shaped Granular Particles

Thorsten Pöschel1 and Volkhard Buchholtz2

1  Arbeitsgruppe Nichtlineare Dynamik, Universität Potsdam, Am Neuen Palais, D-14415 Potsdam, Germany
2  Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Physik, Unter den Linden 6, D-10099 Berlin, Germany

(Received 16 July, accepted 1 August 1995)

We propose a new model for the description of complex granular particles and their interaction in molecular dynamics simulations of granular material in two dimensions. The grains are composed of triangles which are connected by deformable beams. Particles are allowed to be convex or concave. We present first results of simulations using this particle model.

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