Local contact numbers in two-dimensional packings of frictional disks

Silke Henkes, Kostya Shundyak, Wim van Saarloos, Martin van Hecke

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We analyze the local structure of two-dimensional packings of frictional disks numerically. We focus on the fractions x(i) of particles that are in contact with i neighbors, and systematically vary the confining pressure p and friction coefficient mu. We find that for all mu, the fractions xi exhibit power-law scaling with p, which allows us to obtain an accurate estimate for x(i) at zero pressure. We uncover how these zero pressure fractions x(i) vary with mu, and introduce a simple model that captures most of this variation. We also probe the correlations between the contact numbers of neighboring particles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2935-2938
Number of pages4
JournalSoft matter
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2010

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