Force percolation transition of jammed granular systems

SN Pathak and V Esposito and A Coniglio and MP Ciamarra, PHYSICAL REVIEW E, 96, 042901 (2017).

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.96.042901

Themechanical and transport properties of jammedmaterials originate from an underlying percolating network of contact forces between the grains. Using extensive simulations we investigate the force-percolation transition of this network, where two particles are considered as linked if their interparticle force overcomes a threshold. We show that this transition belongs to the random percolation universality class, thus ruling out the existence of long-range correlations between the forces. Through a combined size and pressure scaling for the percolative quantities, we show that the continuous force percolation transition evolves into the discontinuous jamming transition in the zero pressure limit, as the size of the critical region scales with the pressure.

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