Structural similarity between dry and wet sphere packings

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Weis S, Schröder-Turk G, Schröter M
Journal: New Journal of Physics
Publication year: 2019
Volume: 21
ISSN: 1367-2630


The mechanical properties of granular materials change significantly in the presence of a wetting liquid which creates capillary bridges between the particles. This results e.g. in a reduced value of the volume fraction when a packing is prepared with added liquid. Here we use x-ray tomography to demonstrate that this change in mechanical properties is not accompanied by structural differences between dry and wet sphere packings when compared at the same volume fraction. We characterize the structure of the packings by the average numbers of contacts of each sphere < Z > and the shape isotropy of the Voronoi cells of the particles. Additionally, we show that the number of liquid bridges per sphere < B > is approximately equal to < Z > + 2, independent of the volume fraction of the packing. These findings will be helpful in guiding the development of both particle-based models and continuum mechanical descriptions of wet granular matter.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Schröder-Turk, Gerd PD Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Physik
Schröter, Matthias Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Multiscale Simulation of Particulate Systems
Weis, Simon
Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Physik

How to cite

Weis, S., Schröder-Turk, G., & Schröter, M. (2019). Structural similarity between dry and wet sphere packings. New Journal of Physics, 21.

Weis, Simon, Gerd Schröder-Turk, and Matthias Schröter. "Structural similarity between dry and wet sphere packings." New Journal of Physics 21 (2019).


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