Linear Dissipative Force as a Result of Discrete Time Collisions

Vasilii Goriachkin, Tatyana Turova

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We consider two models: one describes the particle movement under the influence of external force and friction, and another one describes the movement of a particle, which is acted upon by the same external force but it additionally collides with other particles of much lighter masses. We establish conditions for these two models to be equivalent in some sense. We also considered deterministic and stochastic models for collisions, in first case assuming that the time intervals between the collisions are constant, and in another case when these intervals are random independent random variables. For various examples of the external force we find parameters which yield asymptotic equivalence of the velocities of the particle in different models. We also provide conditions when the trajectories of the particles in different models are close to each other in the Chebyshev norm over a certain finite period of time. Our results confirm that a linear dissipative force such as e.g., friction, can well be modelled by the collisions with external light particles if their masses and the time-intervals between the collisions satisfy certain condition. The latter is proved here to be universal for different forms of the external force.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-337
Number of pages23
JournalMarkov Processes and Related Fields
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Control Engineering

Free keywords

  • dissipative force
  • Euler’s approximation method
  • friction
  • particles collision


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