Local volume fraction fluctuations in random media

J. Quintanilla, S. Torquato

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Although the volume fraction is a constant for a statistically homogeneous random medium, on a spatially local level it fluctuates. We study the full distribution of volume fraction within an observation window of finite size for models of random media. A formula due to Lu and Torquato for the standard deviation or "coarseness" associated with the local volume fraction ξ is extended for the nth moment of ξ for any n. The distribution function FL of the local volume fraction of five different model microstructures is evaluated using analytical and computer-simulation methods for a wide range of window sizes and overall volume fractions. On the line, we examine a system of fully penetrable rods and a system of totally impenetrable rods formed by random sequential addition (RSA). In the plane, we study RSA totally impenetrable disks and fully penetrable aligned squares. In three dimensions, we study fully penetrable aligned cubes. In the case of fully penetrable rods, we will also simplify and numerically invert a prior analytical result for the Laplace transform of FL. In all of these models, we show that, for sufficiently large window sizes, FL can be reasonably approximated by the normal distribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2741-2751
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Feb 15 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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