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Finding bridges in packings of colloidal spheres

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We identify putative load-bearing structures (bridges) in experimental colloidal systems studied by confocal microscopy. Bridges are co-operative structures that have been used to explain stability and inhomogeneous force transmission in simulated granular packings with a range of densities. We show that bridges similar to those found in granular simulations are present in real experimental colloidal packings. We describe critically the bridge-finding procedure for real experimental data and propose a new criterion—lowest mean squared separation (LSQS)—for selecting optimum stabilisations.

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17 Jun 2010
29 Sep 2010
First published
27 Oct 2010

Soft Matter, 2011,7, 684-690
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Finding bridges in packings of colloidal spheres

M. C. Jenkins, M. D. Haw, G. C. Barker, W. C. K. Poon and S. U. Egelhaaf, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 684
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00544D

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