This contribution reports on numerical simulations of two-dimensional granular flows on erodible beds. The broad aim is to investigate whether simple flows of model granular matter exhibit spontaneous oscillatory motion in generic flow conditions, and in this case, whether the frictional properties of the contacts between grains may affect the existence or the characteristics of this oscillatory motion. The analysis of different series of simulations shows that the flow develops an oscillatory motion with a well-defined frequency which increases like the inverse of the velocity's square root. We show that the oscillation is essentially a surface phenomenon. The amplitude of the oscillation is higher for lower volume fractions and can thus be related to the flow velocity and grains' friction properties. The study of the influence of the periodic geometry of the simulation cell shows no significant effect. These results are discussed in relation to sonic sands.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Physical Review E: Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Oct 2012|