Analysis of Voronoi clusters in the packing of uniform spheres

Chuncheng Wang, Kejun J Dong, Aibing Yu

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This paper presents a structural analysis on the packing of monosized spheres in terms of Voronoi clusters. The packings considered were generated by the discrete element method, with packing densities ranging from 0.2 to 0.74. The Voronoi clusters are composed of center particles and their neighbouring particles, which can be used to characterize the local packing structures in terms of the topological connections between particles, to be beyond the metric and topological properties of individual polyhedra as done previously. The types and distribution of clusters, together with coordination number and common geometrical neighbours determined by Voronoi polyhedra are quantified as a function of packing density. Random close packing is shown to correspond to a turning point of these evolutions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPowders and Grains 2013: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Micromechanics of Granular Media
EditorsAibing Yu, Kejun Dong, Runyu Yang, Stefan Luding
Place of PublicationMelville NY USA
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
Pages353 - 356
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780735411661
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventPowders and Grains 2013 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 8 Jul 201312 Jul 2013
Conference number: 7th


ConferencePowders and Grains 2013
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