Structural evolution of cuboidal granular media

Robert F. Shepherd, Jacinta C. Conrad, Tapan Sabuwala, Gustavo G. Gioia, Jennifer A. Lewis

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Mono- and bi-disperse rectangular cuboidal granules are assembled from colloid-hydrogel suspensions via stop-flow lithography and fully submerged in hexadecane. Their packing density and structural evolution are studied as a function of agitation time using micro-computed X-ray tomography. When subjected to periodic agitation, the granule packing density increases logarithmically in time; concomitantly, the nearest-neighbor separation distance between granules decreases. Akin to spherical granular media, the distributions of Voronoi volume for these granule packings can be scaled using a shifted k-gamma probability distribution. This Boltzmann-type distribution maximizes packing entropy, indicating that the statistical mechanics approach to granular fluctuations is valid for non-spherical granular media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4795-4801
Number of pages7
JournalSoft Matter
Issue number17
StatePublished - May 7 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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