Polydisperse Spheres

  • Salvatore Torquato
Part of the Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics book series (IAM, volume 16)


Polydispersivity in the size of the particles constitutes a fundamental feature of the microstructure of a wide class of dispersions of technological importance, including composite solid propellant combustion (Kerstein 1987), sintering of powders (Rahaman 1995), colloids (Russel et al. 1989), transport and mechanical properties of particulate composite materials (Christensen 1979), and flow in packed beds (Scheidegger 1974). The effect of particle-size distribution on the microstructure and effective properties of dispersions can be dramatic and therefore is of great interest.


Hard Sphere Packing Fraction Polydisperse System Surface Area Ratio Reference Particle 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Salvatore Torquato
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  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Princeton Materials InstitutePrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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