Discrete modelling of the packing of ellipsoidal particles

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Particle shape affects the packing characteristics significantly. Such a topic has been investigated extensively in the literature by physical experiments or mathematical modelling. In this paper, we give a summary of packing of ellipsoidal particles using discrete element method. As ellipsoidal particles can represent a large number of shapes, e.g. from platy to elongated, the relationships between packing properties (such as packing fraction, coordination number and radial distribution function) and aspect ratios are established. Flow and force structures are also presented to illustrate how the shape affects those microscopic properties for further fundamental understanding. The results demonstrate that discrete element method provides a useful method to investigate the packing dynamics of ellipsoidal particles.
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
Pages357 - 360
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


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