A&A 380, 761-775 (2001)
DSMC simulation of the vertical structure of planetary ringsA. Frezzotti
Dipartimento di Matematica del Politecnico di Milano Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32 -20133 Milano, Italy
(Received 3 April 2001 / Accepted 4 October 2001 )
A statistical Monte Carlo method (DSMC) is developed to simulate granular flows occurring in dense planetary rings. The accuracy of the method is assessed through a comparison with existing molecular dynamics simulations of the vertical structure of planetary rings with and without self-gravity effects.
Key words: planets: rings
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