The present paper applies a recent continuum theory due to Aranson and Tsimring [1] for dense granular flows to thin film flows. Such third body granular flow may apply to solid lubrication mechanisms. The continuum theory is unique in that it addresses solid-like behavior and the transition to fully fluidized behavior. The continuum studies are complemented by a discrete particle dynamics model of Iordanoff et al. [2].

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