DSMC simulation of the vertical structure of planetary rings
Dipartimento di Matematica del Politecnico di Milano Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32 -20133 Milano, Italy
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
© ESO, 2001