Merlon-type density waves in a compartmentalized conveyor system
Mathematics Department, University of Patras, 26500 Patras, Greece
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Received: 28 March 2016
Revised: 26 July 2016
Published online: 30 September 2016
Multi-particle flow through a cyclic array of K connected compartments with a preferential direction is known to be able to organize itself in the form of density waves [Kanellopoulos, Van der Meer, and Van der Weele, Phys. Rev. E 92, 022205 (2015)]. In this brief note we focus on the intriguing shape these waves take when K is even, in which case they travel through alternatingly dense and diluted compartments. We call them “merlon waves”, since the sequence of high and low densities is reminiscent of the merlons and crenels on the battlements of medieval castles.
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