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Disordered spherical bead packs are anisotropic

Schröder-Turk, G. E.; Mickel, W.; Schröter, M.; Delaney, G. W.; Saadatfar, M.; Senden, T. J.; Mecke, K.; Aste, T.


Investigating how tightly objects pack space is a long-standing problem, with relevance for many disciplines from discrete mathematics to the theory of glasses. Here we report on the fundamental yet so far overlooked geometric property that disordered mono-disperse spherical bead packs have significant local structural anisotropy manifest in the shape of the free space associated with each bead. Jammed disordered packings from several types of experiments and simulations reveal very similar...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010-05-07
Type: Journal article
Source: Europhysics Letters 90.3 (2010): 34001-p1--34001-p6
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/90/34001


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