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We link the thermodynamics of colloidal suspensions to the statistics of regular and random packings. Random close packing has defied a rigorous definition yet, in three dimensions, there is near universal agreement on the volume fraction at which it occurs.We conjecture that the common value of фrcp ≈ 0.64 arises from a divergence in the rate at which accessible states disappear.We relate this rate to the equation of state for a hard-sphere fluid on a metastable, noncrystalline branch.
Kamien, R. D., & Liu, A. J. (2007). Why is Random Close Packing Reproducible?. Retrieved from https://repository.upenn.edu/physics_papers/139
Date Posted: 06 April 2011
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