Highly nonlinear solitary waves in periodic dimer granular chains
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We investigate the propagation of highly nonlinear solitary waves in heterogeneous, periodic granular media using experiments, numerical simulations, and theoretical analysis. We examine periodic arrangements of particles in experiments in which stiffer and heavier beads (stainless steel) are alternated with softer and lighter ones (polytetrafluoroethylene beads). We find good agreement between experiments and numerics in a model with Hertzian interactions between adjacent beads, which in turn agrees very well with a theoretical analysis of the model in the long-wavelength regime that we derive for heterogeneous environments and general bead interactions. Our analysis encompasses previously studied examples as special cases and also provides key insights into the influence of the dimer lattice on the properties (width and propagation speed) of the highly nonlinear wave solutions.
MA Porter, C Daraio, EB Herbold, I Szelengowicz, and PG Kevrekidis. "Highly nonlinear solitary waves in periodic dimer granular chains" Physical Review E 77.1 (2008).
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