Exponential distribution of force chain lengths: a useful statistic that characterizes granular assemblies

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The distribution of the lengths of force chains in 2D granular assemblies of photoelastic disks was found to decay exponentially, with the decay length a quantitative measure of the way force is applied to the system. A plausibility argument is provided for why this statistic displays an exponential decay.

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Sanfratello, L., Zhang, J., Cartee, S.C. et al. Exponential distribution of force chain lengths: a useful statistic that characterizes granular assemblies. Granular Matter 13, 511 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10035-011-0272-5

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Keywords

  • Force chains
  • Granular
  • Granular structure