Growth, percolation, and correlations in disordered fiber networks

N. Provatas, M. Haataja, E. Seppälä, S. Majaniemi, J. Åström, M. Alava, T. Ala-Nissila

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This paper studies growth, percolation, and correlations in disordered fiber networks. We start by introducing a 2D continuum deposition model with effective fiber-fiber interactions represented by a parameter p which controls the degree of clustering. For p = 1 the deposited network is uniformly random, while for p = 0 only a single connected cluster can grow. For p = 0 we first derive the growth law for the average size of the cluster as well as a formula for its mass density profile. For p > 0 we carry out extensive simulations on fibers, and also needles and disks, to study the dependence of the percolation threshold on p. We also derive a mean-field theory for the threshold near p = 0 and p = 1 and find good qualitative agreement with the simulations. The fiber networks produced by the model display nontrivial density correlations for p < 1. We study these by deriving an approximate expression for the pair distribution function of the model that reduces to the exactly known case of a uniformly random network. We also show that the two-point mass density correlation function of the model has a nontrivial form, and discuss our results in view of recent experimental data on mss density correlations in paper sheets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-413
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Statistical Physics
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Apr 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics


  • Continuum percolation
  • Deposition models
  • Fiber networks
  • Spatial correlations


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