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Structural Characteristics and Applications of Hard-particle Packings via Event-driven Molecular Dynamics Simulations

abstract: In this dissertation, the results of our comprehensive computational studies of disordered jammed (i.e., mechanically stable) packings of hard particles are presented, including the family of superdisks in 2D and ellipsoids in 3D Euclidean space. Following a very brief introduction to the hard-particle systems, the event driven molecular dynamics (EDMD) employed to generate the packing ensembles will be discussed. A large number of 2D packing configurations of superdisks are subsequently analyzed, through which a relatively accurate theoretical scheme for packing-fraction prediction based on local particle contact configurations is proposed and validated via additional numerical simulations. Moreover, the studies on binary ellipsoid packing in 3D are briefly discussed and the effects of different geometrical parameters on the final packing fraction are analyzed. / Dissertation/Thesis / Masters Thesis Materials Science and Engineering 2014
Date January 2014
ContributorsXu, Yaopengxiao (Author), Jiao, Yang (Advisor), Oswald, Jay (Committee member), Liu, Yongming (Committee member), Arizona State University (Publisher)
Source SetsArizona State University
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeMasters Thesis
Format54 pages
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