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The force network ensemble for granular packings

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For packings of hard but not perfectly rigid particles, the length scales that govern the packing geometry and the contact forces are well separated. This separation of length scales is explored in the force network ensemble, where one studies the space of allowed force configurations for a given, frozen contact geometry. Here we review results of this approach, which yields nontrivial predictions for the effect of packing dimension and anisotropy on the contact force distribution P(f), the response to overall shear and point forcing, all of which can be studied in great numerical detail. Moreover, there are emerging analytical approaches that very effectively capture, for example, the form of force distributions.

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The article was received on 17 Dec 2009, accepted on 27 Apr 2010 and first published on 24 May 2010

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B926592A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2010,6, 2908-2917
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    The force network ensemble for granular packings

    B. P. Tighe, J. H. Snoeijer, T. J. H. Vlugt and M. van Hecke, Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 2908
    DOI: 10.1039/B926592A

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