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Understanding complex matter from simple packing models

Aste, Tomaso; Delaney, Gareth (Gary); Di Matteo, Tiziana


By pouring equal balls into a container one obtains disordered packings with fascinating properties which might shed light on several elusive properties of complex materials such as amorphous metals or colloids. In any real experiment with equal-sized spheres one cannot reach packing fractions (fraction of volume occupied by the spheres respect to the total volume, ρ) below the Random Loose Packing limit (RLP, ρ - 0.555) or above the Random Close Packing limit (RCP, ρ - 0.645) unless order is...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Conference paper
Source: Complex Systems II (Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 6802 )
DOI: 10.1117/12.759030


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