Fundamental problems in statistical physics of jammed packings

S. F. Edwards, D. V. Grinev, J. Brujić

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    For packed i.e., "jammed", hard and rough objects kinetic energy is a minor and ignorable quantity, as is elastic strain. Hence in the static case, the stress equations need supplementing by "missing equations" depending solely on configurations. A different pathway of analysis is the calculation of the probability distribution of interparticle forces. This paper presents the mini-review of recently obtained results in this field and poses a number of fundamental problems which are yet to be solved.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)61-76
    Number of pages16
    JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
    Issue number1-2
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
    EventRandomes and Complexity - Eilat, Israel
    Duration: Jan 5 2003Jan 9 2003


    • Contact forces distribution
    • Emulsions
    • Fabric tensor
    • Powders
    • Random packings
    • Slow dynamics
    • Stress transmission
    • Volume function

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Statistics and Probability
    • Condensed Matter Physics


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