Chains of viscoelastic spheres

Thorsten Pöschel, Nikolai V. Brilliantov

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Given a chain of viscoelastic spheres with fixed masses of the first and last particles. We raise the question: How to chose the masses of the other particles of the chain to assure maximalenergy transfer? The results are compared with a chain of particles for which a constant coefficient of restitution is assumed. Our simple example shows that the assumption of viscoelastic particle properties has not only important consequences for very large systems (see [1]) but leads also to qualitative changes in small systems as compared with particles interacting via a constant restitution coefficient.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Physics
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Physics
ISSN (Print)0075-8450
ISSN (Electronic)1616-6361


  • Chain Length
  • Dissipative Parameter
  • Elastic Collision
  • Mass Distribution
  • Viscous Loss


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