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An experimental study of the elastic rebound of spheres

Kharaz, A. H.; Gorham, D. A. and Salman, A. D. (2001). An experimental study of the elastic rebound of spheres. Powder Technology, 120(3) pp. 281–291.

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Accurate measurements have been made of the impact and rebound behaviour of 5-mm aluminium oxide spheres impacting a thick soda–lime glass anvil, for impact angles from normal to very near glancing incidence. Speed, angle and rotation before and after impact have been measured with a strobe and single-frame digital camera. Reproducibility and precision are considerably better than in any previously published work, and have been achieved by careful attention to all aspects of the experiment, including the mechanical and optical systems, illumination, electronic control, computer-based image measurement, and the geometry and condition of the impacting surfaces. All aspects of the rebound dynamics of the elastic spheres, including the motion of the centre of mass and of the contact patch, the spin and the partition of energy, are fully described by the measured variation of the normal and tangential restitution coefficients over the range of impact angles. These measurements show very close agreement with the numerical work of Maw et al. which takes into account the effects of sticking, microslip and tangential compliance. For impacts with a greater obliqueness than about 308 from the normal, the results also agree closely with the classical theory of rigid body sliding.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0032-5910
Keywords: Elastic rebound; coefficient of restitution; impact; particle motion; particle-wall collisions
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 7880
Depositing User: Jan Kowal
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 12:45
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